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photo: Weedeater @ Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Weedeater, Kings Destroy, Blackout, Black Black Black @ Saint Vitus
Both Weedeater and Kings Destroy have new albums out this year, and they're currently on the road together. That's a pretty great double bill for fans who like their metal slow, heavy and fit to rip bongs too.
The Body, Of Muscle and Marrow, Hasj @ The Acheron
For another type of metal show that's also slow and heavy, but closer to the avant-garde than '70s riffage, The Body take over Acheron tonight.
Summer Moon, Simon Doom, Aerial East @ Baby's All Right
Having just opened for Father John Misty at SummerStage, Summer Moon -- which features members of The Strokes, Au Revoir Simone and The Like -- play this much smaller show tonight.
Ronnie Spector @ City Winery
The great Ronnie Spector concentrates solely on the catalog of her '60s group, The Ronettes tonight, so expect a hit parade -- and maybe a b-side or two.
Rakim, DJ Tedsmooth @ Marcus Garvey Park (SummerStage)
One of the most influential MC's of all time, Rakim plays this SummerStage show. He may be paid in full, but this show is free with a 7 PM start.
Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. 8 PM.
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"We're not birds, we're a jug band!"
It's that time of year again. You can't seem to walk a block without seeing Christmas lights or hearing holiday favorites (all ten of them) from every passing storefront. If you're looking for something beyond "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the hundredth time, there's no shortage of holiday-themed shows over the next few weeks. (Though some of them, however, may include that old chestnut.) Here's a few of them:
Sloan Wainwright is bringing the full band version of her intimate project to City Winery on Sunday (12/7) for a special holiday-centric show with the similarly minded Peter Stampfel & The Ether Frolic Mob (who plays new Greenpoint venue Aviv the night before) as well as performances from Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now. You can also catch Sloan at her niece and nephew Rufus and Martha Wainwright's holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month, one of which features, among many many others, Cyndi Lauper who's doing her own guest-filled holiday show.
Old 97's lead singer and prolific solo artist Rhett Miller is hosting his second annual holiday shindig at City Winery on December 16. The "Holiday Extravaganza" features music from Miller and comedy from Jen Kirkman, Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Like last year, B.B. King Blues Club is hosting a slew of shows dedicated to the holiday celebrations. There's the club's annual Christmas party hosted by Ronnie Spector on December 20 (tickets), and four shows from another Phil Spector protege, Darlene Love, on December 19, 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all four shows are still available.
For those celebrating the other major religious holiday during this season, a cappella group The Maccabeats are having their annual Hanukkah show at B.B. King's on December 25 with support from Y-Studs. Tickets are on sale now.
Another option is "Christmas for the Jews" at City Winery. The stand-up show features sets from Avi Liberman, Jon Fisch, Cory Kahaney and more. Sold out.
Meanwhile, Matisyahu plays his annual "Festival of Light" show on December 20 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
What else? You can catch Dave Hill, his band Valley Lodge, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Bridget Everett, Chris DiStefano, Larry Murphy and more at "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe and Tell Me All Your Secrets" on December 10 at The Bell House. Tickets for the show are still available.
As discussed, there's a few other holiday shows at The Bell House including Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots, The Sweetback Sisters, Eliot & Ilana Glazer, Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol and what's sure to be a very magical show presented by Harry & the Potters.
Bridget Everett will also perform at drag king legend Murray Hill's holiday show with Carmine Covelli (who's in Bridget's band The Tender Moments and The Julie Ruin), and burlesque performers Perle Noire, Trixie Little and Mr. Gorgeous on December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available.
Another Christmas comedy show is Dan St. Germain's Christmas Spectacular at Union Hall on December 16 with sets from Brooks Wheelan, Jared Logan, Kevin Barnett, Jacqueline Novak and Team Submarine. Tickets for that show are still available.
Also at Union Hall, on December 14 (tix) is a Christmas edition of their monthly "Muppet Vault" series where they'll show classic holiday TV special Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (done here as a singalong) and other appropriate clips from Muppetland.
For a night of music and comedy, there's Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's Christmas tour stop at Town Hall on December 13 with Fred Armisen, The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.
Other previously mentioned holiday shows include Nick Lowe, John Waters, and the stacked WFMU Holiday Cheer Benefit with Conor Oberst, Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson.
For a little more traditional Holiday fun there's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Theater at MSG from December 5 through December 28. (tix).
Speaking of Emmet Otter, check out some great bloopers/outtakes from that Christmas special below...
Bryan Ferry, who is currently on tour in North America, has just announced his new album, Avonmore, will be released on November 17. The record features contributions from Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, Flea, Ronnie Spector, Mark Knopfler, Maceo Parker and others. It's also got a cover of "Send in the Clowns" and his and Todd Terje cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny & Mary" which originally appeared on Terje's It's Album Time. You can stream opening salvo "Loop De Li" -- very much in the "Kiss & Tell" vein -- below.
The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...
by Bill Pearis
LA trio Cherry Glazerr may still be in high school but they're already making a name for themselves, having released their debut album, Haxel Princess, on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records earlier this year. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face. You can stream the whole thing below.
The band will be making their first trip to NYC this summer, with two shows on the docket: July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 2 at Baby's All Right. with Sunflower Bean. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets to Merc go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.
Speaking of Burger Records, the label's annual Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park on July 5 & 6 and features Thee Oh Sees, Ronnie Spector, Shannon & the Clams, OFF!, Reigning Sound, a reunited Milk n' Cookies, The Muffs, La Sera and more. Tickets are on sale and full two-day lineup below.
Cherry Glazerr have a couple other shows scheduled -- including one in Chicago after the NYC show -- and all dates are listed, along with the album stream and Burger Boogaloo lineup, below...
Hospitality @ MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
As you might be aware, today is Record Store Day with special events at shops all over the city, with tons of music fans and record collectors out to score some of the many exclusive RSD releases. Don't know what to buy? We have suggestions. Don't know where to go? We can guide you. Just want free beer? We can help there too. Don't know what a record is? How did you come to this site?
Hospitality, Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, The Rails @ Rough Trade
Between the killer line-up of free performances and all the RSD14 exclusive releases, expect Rough Trade to be packed all day long. Perfect Pussy had to cancel, though.
You can also catch Lonnie Holly at Other Music, Doug Gillard DJing at Generation, and The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins at Kim's. Details are in our RSD14 In-Store Performances & Special Events guide.
Blazing Eye, Nomad, NO, Pleasure Industry @ ABC No Rio (NY's Alright)
Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, Murderer @ Le Poisson Rouge (NY's Alright)
School Jerks, Lumpy & The Dumpers, Varix, Creeping Dose @ Acheron (NY's Alright)
NYC's multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright continues today at ABC No Rio (2 PM0, then Le Poisson Rouge (5 PM), and finally the Acheron (10 PM).
WBAR-B-Q @ Barnard College
The annual FREE WBAR-B-Q returns to Barnard College today from noon to 8 PM. Among the artists playing is indie/R&B duo Inc., rapper Ka, indie rockers LVL UP, the eccentric DJ Dog Dick, Philly post-punks Amanda X, Brooklyn lo-fi punks Arm Candy, and more.
Bobby Bare Jr., Cory Branan @ Mercury Lounge
Nashville alt-country singer Bobby Bare Jr. released his new album, Undefeated, on Bloodshot Records this week. Tonight he celebrates with a release show at Mercury Lounge. Listen to one of the new album's tracks, "The Big Time," below.
Frameworks, Gates, Lost Coves @ Saint Vitus
Frameworks make the kind of boundary-pushing post-hardcore that includes elements of post-rock, '90s/early '00s screamo, and even afrobeat on some songs like the title track to their new record, Loom, which comes out later this month. Tonight their tour with NJ emo band Gates hits Saint Vitus.
Highlife, Dutch E Germ, Logan Takahashi @ Secret Project Robot
Tonight at Secret Project Robot, it's a full bill of forward thinking NYC music from afro-pop band Highlife (led by Gang Gang Dance's pal Sleepy Doug Shaw), former GGD member Dutch E Germ, and Teengirl Fantasy's Logan Takahashi.
Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate @ Irving Plaza
This year's Metal Alliance tour is their most black metal-intensive lineup yet, and it rolls through NYC tonight for a sold-out show at Irving Plaza.
Omar S, Jay Simon, Steve Summers @ Glasslands
Omar S' 2013 album, Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself was one of the year's best non-pop house albums in a year dominated by pop-house albums (Disclosure, Rudimental, you name it). The Detroit producer takes over NYC again tonight.
Weird Womb, Dead Waves, Mount Carmel, The Sros @ Cake Shop
Columbus, OH sludgemeisters and Drag City signees Mount Carmel highlight this bill that also has local scuzzpunks Weird Womb.
Ronnie Spector - Beyond The Beehive @ City Winery
"Beyond the Behive" is The Ronnettes singer's AV-filled, hit-packed autobiographical show show.
White Fang, Denney and The Jets, Hector's Pets @ Glasslands
This is an all-Burger Records night so expect crowd-surfing, stage-diving, and good-time gargey rock and roll.
No Joy @ Mexican Summer Five (more by P Squared)
No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, Little Big League @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The second night of Kanine Records weekend at BKNB is just as good as the first, with headlining sets from Montreal's great No Joy and Virginia's Eternal Summers. Plus, they'll probably have have copies of the Non Violent Femmes RSD comp at the merch table (and probably for less than at Record Stores).
Horse Feathers, Laura and Greg @ Joe's Pub
Justin Ringle's indie folk collective Horse Feathers are celebrating a decade together as a band this year. This is their second of two NYC shows.
World/Inferno Friendship Society, Iron Chic, Bad Doctors @ MHOW
World Inferno Friendship Society have been mixing punk, klezmer, cabaret and more since 1996. Long Island punks Iron Chic are worth getting their early.
David J, The Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo, Sky Parade @ Pianos
As bassist in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, David J helped define the goth/postpunk sound. His solo material -- like his new solo record -- is more in the acoustic folk mode but he'll be performing some of his old bands' songs with his band tonight. The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo are also on the bill which will also serve as a memorial for Christo Buffam who was in both bands.
Weaves, Video Daughters, Slothrust, Amanda X @ Shea Stadium
Canadian band Weaves blend somewhat disparate elements -- big rock riffs, liquid bass, ethereal harmonies -- into a danceable, eclectic sound, led by Jasmyn Burke's distinctive, emotive vocals.
Josh Wink, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ Verboten
Two generations of dance music meet tonight with Philadelphia techno/acid king Josh Wink, and UK producer Orlando Higginbottom (aka TEED).
B.B. King @ Lehman Performing Arts Center in the Bronx
A lot more people get called living legends than actually deserve it, but B.B. King is certainly one who does. At 88, he's still going... just remember to take your meds!
Miracles of Modern Science, Christopher Paul Stelling, Emanuel and the Fear (solo), Full Blued @ Baby's All Right
Local regulars Miracles of Modern Science hit Baby's All Right tonight, and if you're going you might wanna get there early to catch Full Blued -- the new project of Porches drummer (and briefly a onetime Ra Ra Riot drummer) Cameron Wisch -- whose orchestral indie should be a good fit with MoMS.
Brooklyn Folk Festival @ The Bell House
The three-day celebration of all things acoustic, rustic and down-to-earth contines today.
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Ziggy Marley is coming to NYC just before playing Bridgeport, CT's Gathering of the Vibes to play Irving Plaza on August 1. Tickets for that show go on Live Nation/Mobile App and Music geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (4/4) at 10 AM. He also plays NYC much sooner on April 27 at SOB's, and tickets for that one also go on sale Friday at 10 AM (no presale).
The Gregory Brothers (aka the Autotune the News guys) are playing Mercury Lounge on May 28. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (4/2) at noon with the regular on-sale starting Friday (4/4) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Darlene Love at "Right 2 Rock" benefit in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The holiday season is upon us, and its spirit and celebrations are just about everywhere you look. If you're looking for some musical ways to celebrate in NYC, here's a few options.
Like she usually does, Darlene Love is celebrating the holidays at BB King's. She already played one of her shows there earlier this month (12/6), and since we last spoke, she's added two more happening on Friday (12/20) and January 4. Friday's show is sold out (but the venue says tickets may be available the day of the show), and tickets for the 1/4 show are available.
Other previously discussed holiday shows at BB King's include Darlene's fellow A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singer Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) on Sunday (12/22) (tickets), and Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats on Christmas (12/25) (tickets).
Street Dogs, the Boston punk band fronted by former Dropkick Murphy Mike McColgan, will play "Wreck the Halls" at Highline Ballroom on Friday (12/20) with Chosen Ones and Done With You. Tickets are available.
Doveman collaborator Justin Vivian Bond and friends are playing holiday shows at Joe's Pub on Sunday (12/22) and Monday (12/23). The shows are billed as "Let It Show!" and the description reads, "Celebrate the return of the light with Justin Vivian Bond and friends with an evening of Holiday inspired songs and stories. Expect surprises! (bring your own lumps of coal and watch them turn into diamonds) Keywords: starstruck, babies, booze, ox and ass. Oh Come All Ye Faithful!" Tickets for both shows are available.
While Union Hall won't be having any music, they will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the following day (12/26) to celebrate the holidays. The kitchen will be closed, but the bar will be serving holiday-themed drinks, and they'll have Christmas bocce ball and a fireplace going. The venue opens at 4 PM on 12/24 and 12/26 and 5 PM on 12/25.
Like last year, The Bell House will host the Harry Potter Yule Ball on Saturday (12/21) featuring sets from Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Lauren Fairweather, and half-Mad can o' Destroy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
And another Christmas Eve option is 'Christmas Eve for the Jews' with comedians Joel Chasnoff, Judy Gold and Todd Barry at City Winery on Christmas Eve. This one's sold out, but you can sign up for the waiting list in case tickets become available.
Brooklyn Bowl has holiday celebrations all weekend with Jimmy Hill and the Allstarz Band featuring Black Velvet (aka James Brown Jr) at the early show on Saturday (12/21) (tickets) and Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off with guest selector James Chance at the late show (tickets). Then on Sunday (12/22), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band does their Creole Christmas show at the venue (tickets).
Those are just a few holiday-themed music options in NYC. What else?
With Thanksgivukkah (first night of Hanukkah is the same day as Thanksgiving this year) and Christmas on the way, it'll soon be time to get in the holiday spirit. If you're looking ways to celebrate in NYC, you're in luck, because plenty of holiday shows are getting announced.
Matisyahu, who just played Central Park and is working on a new album with an expected summer 2014 release, has announced his annual "Festival of Light" shows. The run begins in Chicago on November 30 and comes to NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (9/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, on the eve of Thanksgivukkah, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer will do a Thanksgiving Eve celebration at Highline Ballroom (11/27). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Though Yo La Tengo haven't announced any shows happening during Hanukkah this year, they did just announce three holiday shows happening at The Bell House in December.
Individual shows haven't been announced yet, but the Sephardic Music Festival will return to various NYC venues from November 27 to December 5.
Speaking of BB King's and Christmas, the venue will also again host their annual shows from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singers Darlene Love on December 6 and Ronette Ronnie Spector on December 22. Tickets for the Darlene Love show and the Ronnie Spector show are on sale now.
But before we get too ahead ourselves, Halloween is on the way too!
All Matisyahu dates are listed below...
Beach Fossils will play Brooklyn Bowl on March 20. It's a free show but you do need to RSVP.
Chicago is playing Capitol Theatre on June 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Ronnie Spector is playing City Winery on May 6 and 7. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Fountains of Wayne have a few shows coming up this month, including a super-intimate show in NYC on March 19 at Bowery Electric. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of their upcoming dates are listed below.
photos by Jonathan McPhail
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King did a two night run in NYC last week at (where else?) BB King Blues Club and Grill on Thursday (11/29) and Friday (11/30). We caught the Friday show and pictures from that show are in this post.
BB King will play NYC again at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival at MSG (4/12-4/13) in 2013 (tickets). He also plays the NYC area right before that at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on April 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon.
Speaking of the venue BB King's, don't forget Darlene Love is doing her Christmas shows there on December 9 -10 (tickets), and Ronnie Spector is doing her Christmas party there too on December 14 (tickets).
More pics from Friday's show (including opener Chris Bergson) below...
Darlene Love @ South Street Seaport 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
November 2012 update from The Howard Hughes Corporation:
The safety and security of our employees, tenants and customers is always our top priority, and we are grateful that no one was seriously injured at The Seaport during the storm.May the Seaport rise again, but meanwhile that means no Christmas Tree this year, or at least no tree lighting ceremony, which in 2010 included a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love.
Hurricane Sandy caused incredible devastation to our City, and The Seaport was seriously impacted.
While we currently do not have a definitive timeline for reopening, The Howard Hughes Corporation is very committed to rebuilding the Uplands and Pier 17 as soon as possible. To that end, we are working diligently to coordinate all necessary assessment, remediation and inspection of the many buildings that make up South Street Seaport. In fact, remediation in some areas is already underway, including certain common areas. However, because of the various issues related to the Uplands and Pier 17, it will be several weeks before everything is fully evaluated by experts and a more firm timetable can be established. Some buildings at The Seaport may open sooner than others and we will share updates through our website and other channels as available.
At this time, tenants are being permitted to access their spaces to assess damage and address their own business issues. Otherwise, Pier 17 is currently closed to the public, except for essential personnel.
The Seaport is a popular and treasured destination in Lower Manhattan, and we have an exciting redevelopment plan for Pier 17 that will continue despite the storm. We are very proud of the hard work of our team and hope to be able to share more updates soon. We look forward to rebuilding and welcoming visitors and neighbors back to The Seaport as soon as possible.
Darlene Love, as always, will still be celebrating the holidays though. Her Annual Christmas Celebration at B.B. King's in NYC has gone from one to two nights of cheer. Tickets are sale for shows on December 9 and December 10. You can also catch Darlene on Letterman on 12/20 (watch the video of her appearance last year below and at NJPAC in Newark two days later. All of her dates are listed below along with the video of her performance on Letterman last year.
Ronette Ronnie Spector, also in the Hall of Fame and who has also played the Seaport tree lighting, is also keeping up tradition and will bring her "Best Christmas Party Ever!" back to NYC, DC and CT this year. Tickets are on sale for the 12th annual show at B.B. King's on 12/14. All dates are listed below...
Ronnie Spector's career retropective theatrical production Beyond the Beehive makes its NYC debut on Friday (7/6) at City Winery and will play three more times this month: July 14, July 20 and July 27. Tickets are available for all performances.
The multi-media production chronicle's the former Ronette's life and musical career, with stories, videos, still images as well as more than a dozen songs performed by Ronnie and her band.
A video of Ronnie performing at Lincoln Center last year below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Like Darlene Love did last year (and Arlo Guthrie will do tonight at Lincoln Square), Ronnie Spector helped light a christmas tree at South Street Seaport on Friday. Pictures and videos from the holiday event continue below...
Robert Franklin as Santa @ South Street Seaport last year (more by Chris La Putt)
The South Street Seaport will ring in the holiday spirit on Friday, November 25th when the 28th Annual Seaport Chorus Tree Lighting Spectacular lights up the cobblestone streets of the Seaport's Historic District.Last year's celebration included an appearance by Darlene Love. Last year was also sadly the last for Santa Robert Franklin. The 85 year old Santa, who was the Seaport mall's Santa every year since 1989, passed away at the age of 85 earlier this year. RIP Robert.
TODAY Show personality and fashion expert Jill Martin will host one of New York City's most beloved holiday traditions, with a 40-foot tree serving as the centerpiece of a seven-minute "Sparkle at the Seaport" light show spectacular. Festivities will kick-off with performances by the Darren Wallis Jazz Trio and the Soul Tigers Marching Band. All-male barbershop chorus, The Big Apple Chorus, will perform seasonal favorites, and costumed characters will help Santa Claus countdown to the tree lighting ceremony. To round-off the evening, Ronnie Spector will give a special performance, making it a night to remember for the whole family.
This year the beloved tradition of twenty five years continues at the new Cutting Room located at 44 west 32nd street in Manhattan.Ronnie will also be at the Mohegan Sun on 12/23 and at The Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY on 3/24/2012.
You can expect all the big Christmas hits-and Ronnie has the largest catalog of Christmas classics of any recording artist including 'Sleigh Ride' (#3 past decade) and 'Frosty the Snowman' (#17 past decade) along with her Ronette hits and cult classics. But what makes Ronnie's Christmas Party so special and endearing is her off-the-cuff patter and her childhood remembrances of Christmas and Santa in New York .
As the New York Times observed, "It's hard to think of a more appealing angel to welcome the holiday season than Ms. Spector."
On Saturday (7/30), Lincoln Center Out of Doors in partnership with the Ponderosa Stomp, put on a remarkable day of music and music history under the name of "She's Got The Power, a Girl Group Extravaganza." Within its 10 (free) hours, the event included a 3-part, 4-hour panel of "Girl Talk" that presented Lesley Gore, members of the Angels and the Exciters, Seymour Stein (co-founder of Sire Records) and many studio musicians who worked closely with (r'n'r hall of famer) Ellie Greenwich.
The concert was organized into 3 parts covering 5 hours. First was a revue of girl group singers. Arlene Smith, of the Chantels, performed magnificently from her motorized wheelchair, commanding the stage by zipping back and forth. Then there were extended sets from headliners La La Brooks of the Crystals, Lesley Gore and Ronnie Spector (the Ronettes), and finally a tribute by the evening's artists to girl-group-godmother Ellie Greenwich.
This was not your father's PBS Doo-Wop special. Although the passing of Amy Winehouse was noted by Ronnie Spector, who performed part of 'Back to Black', it was more of a (tragic) footnote to the larger spirit of survival, brilliance, toughness and female chutzpah on parade. Many performers commented both publicly and privately that the spirit of Ellie Greenwich was the guiding force of the day. As stellar performance after performance dredged up tingly globs of our collective memory, the realization grew of just how much we owe to these artists, producers and songwriters who had just as much influence on the Beatles, Stones and other British Invasion bands as did the blues.
More about the show with lots of pictures, below...
As she has for over two decades, rock icon Ronnie Spector will once again ring in the holiday season with tour dates and other activity in December. On December 15, Ronnie will bring this beloved tradition to a nationwide audience with a special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. On December 17, she'll perform her annual Christmas show at B.B. King's in New York City...Order the above-pictured CD in Ronnie's store. All US dates below...
Ronnie's December dates include a U.K. tour and additional shows at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on Dec 16, The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, MN on Dec 19-20, and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Christmas day.
The shows will feature a mix of songs from Ronnie's new holiday release, 'Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever,' along with her musings and anecdotes from childhood Christmases in NYC, Ronettes classics - like "Be My Baby" and "Walking in the Rain" - and of course her definitive renditions of "Frosty the Snowman," "Sleigh Ride," and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," each among the most-played Christmas songs of all time.
On December 1, she'll appear at the Penn Plaza Borders to sign copies of 'Best Christmas Ever' beginning at 5pm. In honor of World AIDS Day, Borders will donate 25% of the purchase price to Lifebeat - Music Fights HIV.
words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
The Ponderosa Stomp is now in its 9th year and has grown steadily since its origins as a backyard wedding party for festival founder Ira 'Dr. Ike' Padnos. The 2-day, New Orleans-based festival (that took place on Sept 24 and 25th this year) brings to the stage an amazing line-up of 'unsung heroes' and originators in the intermingled genres of country, blues, garage, rock n' roll, soul, swamp pop, rhythm & blues, and funk. Attendees experienced artists who actively recorded in the 1940's through the 1970's and 1980's delivering profoundly moving and authentic performances, providing a vivid glimpse into a world of music that might seem long-gone.
The Stomp is musically successful because it encourages artists to perform their original music and brings in talented and dedicated bands to support them. This year included many of the usual suspects (check out the review and pictures from 2009): New Orleans soul-blues veterans Lil Buck and the Top Cats, Western Music masters Deke Dickerson and the Eccophonics, Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts, The A-Bones, and Eve and the Exiles. Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents debuted with La La Brooks of the Crystals who will be in NYC on October 20th when she plays a CMJ show at BB King Blues Club & Grill with Paula Valstein. Tickets are on sale if you don't have a CMJ badge.
The Stomp attracts a core audience of baby boomer soul and blues fanatics, rock-a-billies, Zoot-suiters, music writers, radio hosts, DJ's, record collectors, historians, WFMU-types, and a sprinkling of open-minded music lovers of varied backgrounds and ages. During the day, there are panel discussions between artists and respected historians, screenings of rare music documentaries and a record show. Even for the most die-hard, the sum total is a bit overwhelming. But Dr. Ike, an anesthesiologist by trade, seems to revel in the dazed and delirious look on people's faces at the end of 2 non-stop days. If you can keep your bloodshot eyes open, you'll see him floating from stage to stage with his airbrushed T-shirt that reads "Dr. Ike Stomped My Ass".
Pictures from both nights of the 2010 festval continue below...
Joey Ramone's annual birthday party is happening at Irving Plaza on Wednesday, May 19th. The lineup has been announced and acts in attendance include Hank III, Ronnie Spector,Batusis (NY Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome of Rocket From the Tombs/Dead Boys), Sic F*ucks, ex-Voidoid Ivan Julian and The Independents, Heap. Tickets are on sale (the show is a benefit for lymphoma research).
Sylvain Sylvain also has a show coming up with the Dolls in Brooklyn in May. David Johansen plays a solo one in June.
Videos of those acts, the Ramones and Adam West's original Batusi are below...
John Waters & Divine
"Giving gifts is incredibly difficult. The smarter you are, the easier it is to find a gift for you, because you have interests. And if you're really smart, you tell people what you want and they get it for you. If you leave it up to people who you know are going to get you bad gifts, that's your own stupid fault. Basically, a lot of the time people want to be told what to get you, because then they don't have to worry if you'll like it. But the best kind of presents are when someone you know collects something, and you find something that they never even knew existed. That's the top present, even if it costs a nickle. It's just finding something that they want that they didn't know existed.John Waters has added an 11pm Christmas show at BB King's on December 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The previously-announced 8pm show on the same day is now sold out. Ronnie Spector plays her annual holiday show at the same venue tonight (12/19) & tomorrow (12/20).
The worst present is something that's obviously regifted. In that case, you should demand a receipt. [John Waters]"
John Waters as the other creepy old Santa...
A John Waters Christmas is hitting the road this December. Six dates are scheduled with a New York City stop at BB King's on December 22nd. The show takes the form of a monologue that "explores and explodes traditional archetypes as [Waters] shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories." Tickets for the NY show are on sale. He visits New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre four days before (12/18) and tickets for that are on sale too. All dates below.
A John Waters Christmas is actually the name of the director's own holiday compilation that features the likes of Fat Daddy, Alvin & The Chipmunks and Tiny Tim. Videos of few of those are below.
BB King's will host another holiday show with Darlene Love on December 13th. The singer is a 2010 nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and she appeared at the museum's two-night MSG show with Bruce & the E Street band. A video of her annual Letterman performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is below. Tickets are on sale.
Darlene Love's Love for the Holidays will also be at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ on Sunday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Elsewhere in Jersey, Darlene teams up with Ronnie Spector for "A Christmas Gift for You" at Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theater on Thursday, December 17th. (Both got their holiday start in part from their songs on 1963's A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.) Tickets are on sale.
Then, Ronnie Spector's annual X-Mas Party runs for two nights at BB King's on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Spector's new disc The Last of the Rock Stars (...) has guest appearances that include Keith Richards, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Patti Smith, Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs) and Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather). There's also a version of "It's Christmas Once Again" to add to your holiday rotation alongside ubiquitous Ronettes versions of "Sleigh Ride" and "Frosty the Snowman."
Speaking of Patti Smith, she has some annual holiday shows coming up of her own, but those are after Christmas and include New Years Eve.
Dates & songs from all three are posted below...
Ronnie Spector @ McCarren Pool (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Pretty & Nice @ Pianos
* David Pajo @ Knitting Factory
* Moon & Moon @ Glasslands
* Life of Agony @ Blender Theater
* Ronnie Spector X-Mas party @ BB King's
* Duran Duran & Your Vegas @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Peanut Butter Wolf, Gary Wilson & Dinowalrus @ Knitting Factory
* Grouper, City Center, Kria Brekkan & Silk Flowers @ Silent Barn
* The War on Drugs, Drink Up Buttercup & TAB The Band @ Union Hall
Today is Monkey Day
Beth Orton was born today in 1970.
photos by Ryan Muir
More pictures from Sunday's free show at McCarren Pool (July 6, 2008) below...