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Hanukkah happens this year from December 6 to 14, and as always there are some musical ways to celebrate in NYC (plus things for Jews to do at Christmastime). Here's a roundup of some cool options:

It wouldn't be the holidays without a Matisyahu show, and this year he plays on Christmas at City Winery. Tickets, for what it is a pretty intimate show for him, are on presale now.

City Winery also hosts the third annual Christmas Eve for the Jews comedy show with Lenny Marcus, Gary Vider, Moody McCarthy and more. Tickets are on sale.

And as there often are, there are two Klezmer Brunches at City Winery Christmas week: 12/20 and 12/27. Tickets for the first and second are on sale now.

This year, the Schlep Sisters & Thirsty Girl throw their ninth annual Menorah Horah burlesque show on December 12 at The Hall at MP (480 Driggs Ave in Brooklyn). Tickets are available.

The Jewbadours' second annual Last Schmaltz, which offers "Pop classics of late 70's and early 80's through the prism of the New York Jewish Experience," happens December 22 at Highline Ballroom with special guests Julian Velard, Ari Hest, Colin Smith, Amanda Brown, Chrissi Poland, Kimberly Nichole, Toby Lightman and more TBA. Tickets are available.

Le Poisson Rouge hosts 'The Friday Night Jam' on December 11 with Rabbi Dan Ain, Relix's Mike Greenhaus, and special guest Ryan Miller of Guster. It's a conversation/audience Q&A, and Ryan will be playing a short set. They'll also do the Friday Night blessings and each person gets a drink and a "festive snack." Tickets are available.

The Poppy Seed Players will put on a re-imagining of the Hanukkah story, Judy & the Maccabees, on December 13 at the Kaufman Center at 11 AM. "At first, Judas Maccabeus, the leader of the Maccabees, dismisses Judy and assigns her menial tasks, but she ends up coming up with the plan that helps them win the war and return to Jerusalem." Tickets are on sale.

Also at the Kaufman Center (12/13) later that night: The Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded will provide an evening with "four centuries of music in celebration of Hanukkah as well as additional works by American and Israeli composers." Tickets are on sale.

Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats usually play a Christmas day show, and while they haven't announced one as of now, they're playing the Jewish day school Magen David Yeshivah on December 7 in Brooklyn. They also just put out a new song, "Latke Recipe," which reworks Walk The Moon's "Shut Up And Dance" to be about a Hanukkah dinner ("up and dance with me" becomes "latke recipe"). You can watch the video below.

That Sharon Jones holiday album we just posted about isn't only Christmas songs. She's got a song on there called "8 Days of Hanukkah," which she also released as a 45. You can pick it up here. She plays the WFUV holiday show at the Beacon with Brandi Carlile and Dawes.

Sadly, the annual Yo La Tengo shows are no more (ever since Maxwell's changed owners), so you'll have to wait for their Spring 2016 tour to see them in the NYC-area.

What else?

Continue reading "Hanukkah 2015 events in NYC: Matisyahu, The Maccabeats, The Last Schmaltz, Menorah Horah, Sharon Jones & more"

by Bill Pearis

Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric may be best known for his 1977 UK hit "Whole Wide World" but he's got a catalog full of great songs that showcase his low key, off-the-cuff style. 1996's 12 O'Clock Stereo, recorded as The Hitsville House Band moniker, is a real gem which was reissued last year by Fire. (Stream it below.) Fire will also be releasing Eric's first solo album in over a decade this fall. Titled amERICa, it's out November 13 and is indeed about the USA, a country he's called home since 2011. (He lives in upstate NY these days.) Says Eric:

I've been touring the U.S. since 1978 so moving here wasn't a complete culture shock. I've driven from Rhode Island to San Francisco, Minnesota to the Gulf Of Mexico. I keep rolling along and sometimes the sunrises and sunsets are glorious and I get to thinking about things like where have I been, and how the hell did I wind up here? Some of the songs are quite reflective - the idea of dying one day becomes alarmingly real. I'm quite accepting of it - maybe I've got twenty years left if I'm lucky. Ten more albums.... I've been through some tough shit at various times in my life. I survived. I'm lucky, I have a great life.
You can stream amERICa's opening cut, "Several Shades of Green" which features his signature guitar-chug style and storytelling. Listen below.

Wreckless Eric will be touring this fall, including a show on October 17 at WFMU Monty Hall in Jersey City with "sporadic cluttering of musical accomplices." Tickets are on sale now.

Eric will also be a part of Wesley Stace's next Cabinet of Wonders show, happening at City Winery on Friday (9/11). He'll be performing with Amy Rigby and the rest of lineup includes Ted Allen (Chopped), Stacey D'erasmo, Dave Hill, Sally Timms of The Mekons, Dar Williams and Ryan Miller of Guster. Tickets are on sale.

All Wreckless Eric tour Dates are listed, along with amERICa artwork, tracklist and "Several Shades of Green" stream, below.

Continue reading "Wreckless Eric releasing 'amERICa,' shares first single, touring, including 'Cabinet of Wonders' show & WFMU Monty Hall"

photos by David Andrako

Father John Misty / Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney
Petty Fest 2012
Petty Fest 2012

Petty Fest returned to NYC last night (10/24) at Webster Hall for a night of Tom Petty covers with a huge lineup of contributors backed by The Cabin Down Below Band. Cyndi Lauper, Fred Armisen, John McEnroe and Alia Shawkat were surprise guests. Nicole Atkins, Nick Zinner, and Josh Lattanzi teamed up for "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Father John Misty (who also played his second of two sold out shows in NYC last night and will be back at Webster Hall in January) did "Learning To Fly" and "I Won't Back Down," Har Mar Superstar did "Don't Do Me Like That," Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney did "Listen To Her Heart," Albert Hammond Jr. did "I Need To Know" (Fab played the show too), Caveman (who just played our day party and team up with Albert for a show again this Friday) did "Don't Come Around Here," plus a whole lot more.

More pictures from the Jameson-sponsored benefit show (all money went to Sweet Relief), and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Petty Fest pics & setlist (Andrew WK, Father John Misty, Har Mar Superstar, Nick Zinner, Albert Hammond, Cyndi Lauper, more)"

Petty Fest

We haven't completely compared what was announced a month ago, to what the current lineup is, but this is who is playing Petty Fest at Webster Hall Wednesday (10/24):

The Cabin Down Below Band
With Special Guest Stars: Karen Elson, Justin Townes Earle, Father John Misty, Adam Green, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. of Mooney Suzuki, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Ryan Miller of Guster, Har Mar Superstar, Devendra Banhart, Johnny T, Andrew W.K., Matt Sweeney, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Justin Long, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Delta Spirit, Caveman, Mikki James, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne and many many more surprise guests!
100% of Ticket Proceeds To Benefit Sweet Relief Music Fund & The Musicians Cancer Fund

Brought To You By The Best Fest, Makers of Dylan Fest & Stones Fest
Artists and line-up subject to change without notice

Tickets are still on sale.

Tom Petty

Petty Fest is returning to NYC this year on October 24 at Webster Hall for "A Night To Celebrate Tom Petty." Many of the usual suspects are lined up for this one, like Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. (of The Mooney Suzuki), and others. In addition to that, we've got some other interesting additions like Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, Matt Sweeney (of Chavez, Zwan, and others), Caveman, and Har Mar Superstar, who played last year's Petty Fest, is returning as well. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (9/28) at noon. All proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief Music Fund & The Musician's Cancer Fund.

Father John Misty will be bringing his tour with La SeraJeffertitti's Nile to NYC around the same time, hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 23 and Bowery Ballroom the same day as Petty Fest (10/24). The Bowery Ballroom show is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still available.

Devendra Banhart will also be in NYC around that time to support Swans at Bowery Ballroom on October 28 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 29. Tickets for those two shows are still available. Swans also play Bowery Ballroom on October 10 with A Hawk and A Hacksaw, but that one's sold out. Devendra also recently said in an interview, "I finished a record. It's going to be put out by Nonesuch Records. And I didn't know that until today actually. It's kind of my dream label. So I'm really happy about that."

A video of Har Mar Superstar doing "Refugee" at last year's Petty Fest and this year's full lineup are below.

Continue reading "Petty Fest returning to NYC in 2012"

Dylan Fest

At this point, you know the deal and the general cast of characters, but this year Dylan Fest, a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan, will go down over two nights at Irving Plaza in NYC:

Featuring: The Cabin Down Below Band And Starring: Adam Green, Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Nicole Atkins, Ryan Miller of Guster, Cory Chisel, Boz Scaggs, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Chu of POP ETC, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Tyson Ritter of All American Rejects, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Danny Clinch and the Tangiers Blues Band, Sammy James, Jr. of the Mooney Suzuki, Justin Long, Johnny T, Jamie Burke, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Jack Dishel of Only Son, Antony Ellis of Five O'Clock Heroes, Adriel Harris and many, many, more...
Tickets for the May 24 & 25 shows are on sale.

In related news, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan was released in January in support of Amnesty International.


Petty Fest is returning to NYC this October, though unlike previous years, this year there will be "Two Nights To Get Drunk And Celebrate The Songs Of Tom Petty." The fest is taking place October 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 6 at Bowery Ballroom. The fest is (almost) the same lineup of musicians that usually get together for things like this, like Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki), Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne), Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady, Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads, and others. Interesting additions inclue Har Mar Superstar and Jonny Corndawg. I hope they do a duet. And of course there will be "surprise guests". Tickets for both nights go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon. $2 from each ticket will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Jonny Corndawg meanwhile will also be in NYC TONIGHT (8/30) for his record release show at Union Pool.

Full Petty Fest lineup, flier, and a recent video of Neko Case and My Morning Jacket covering "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" together, below...

Continue reading "Petty Fest returns in 2011, 2 nights, 2 venues"