Entries tagged with: Sidewalk Cafe

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Dufus' last show at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Daniel Sieradski)
Dufus

Manhattan's SideWalk Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of that, they'll be having anniversary events all year long. The first of these will be the winter edition of the bi-annual Antifolk Festival, which will take place at the cafe from February 19 to 28. The 10-day festival includes a number of performers each day, and the full schedule is below. One of the notable ones is on February 26, the cafe will host Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel (of Holy Modal Rounders), who have a long collaborative history, plus Forest Creature, Larkin Grimm, and others.

Forest Creature is the new duo of Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) and John Ludington, and the Sidewalk Cafe show is part of their February/March tour, which also includes a Brooklyn show later that night (2/26) at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) with Chingching. They recently revealed their first track, "Beasly," a meandering antifolk cut, which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.

Continue reading "Sidewalk Cafe's Winter 2013 Antifolk Festival is coming (schedule); Forest Creature (ex-Dufus) going on tour (dates)"

MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
MSG

While on the subject of venues, might as well catch up and post this...

Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena, is going dark for the summer -- and top acts like Sade, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift are having to perform on the outskirts of the Big Apple as the renowned venue prepares for a long-term makeover.

MSG will spend the next three summers reconstructing its arena. That's good news for New Jersey venues like the Prudential Center and IZOD Center, which are experiencing an increase in high-profile performers as a result. Even Long Island's Nassau Coliseum is getting a small boost.

"MSG is the busiest arena and has been the busiest arena that I've seen in the States ... and anytime you take out that supply, especially if you have an increase in demand, it's going benefit the Prudential Center, and certainly we expect that to be the case," said Jeff Vanderbeek, who owns the Prudential Center in Newark.

It's a busy summer for top musical acts: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block are on the road together, the cast of "American Idol" and "Glee" are performing live and hitmakers like Katy Perry and Rihanna -- accompanied by Cee Lo Green -- have tours. [AP]

Joe's Pub is also currently closed for renovations, as is Sidewalk Cafe. That Rihanna Cee Lo show is at Nassau Coliseum tonight (7/19) and the Izod Center Thursday.

Sidewalk Cafe

Winter Antifolk Festival is happening at Sidewalk Cafe (94 Ave A) through February 26th. It kicked off last night (2/15) with an open mike, and gets into the schedule proper Tuesday with sets from Larkin Grimm, Jeffrey Lewis (solo) and others. The full festival schedule (with songwriters like Phoebe Kreutz, Lach, The Pendulum Swings feat. Jason Trachtenburg, Dufus, Franz Nicolay associates The Debutante Hour, The Wowz, Toby Goodshank and many more) is below.

For Dufus (aka Seth Faergolzia), his February 24th festival appearance is his first of five upcoming shows at the East Village venue. He'll be in residency there in March which is the same month he has a residency at Boulder Coffee Co. in Rochester. All of his dates and a video are below too...

Continue reading "Winter Antifolk Festival 2010 through Feb 26 - Dufus, Jeff Lewis, Larkin Grimm, Jason Trachtenburg, Phoebe Kreutz..."

Sidewalk Cafe

The Summer Antifolk Festival is taking place August 7th through 16th at Sidewalk Cafe in NYC (94 Ave A). Some highlights over the two-plus-week festival include Jason & Rachel Trachtenburg, Jaymay, Soft Black, Dufus and Larkin Grimm.

More background on the festival and the full schedule below...

Continue reading "Sidewalk Cafe's 2009 Summer Antifolk Festival (Aug 7-16)"

by Bill Pearis

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Peggy Sue
Peggy Sue

South by Southwest is kind of like other people's dreams. If you're not a part of it, you may not want to hear about it. But at least for those in NYC, we do get some of SXSW's runoff, with many bands from Not America making pit stops here before or after the Austin onslaught. We did a rundown of Australia's offers last week, so in this few-part series I'll highlight some of the more notable bands from the UK and elsewhere in Europe who'll be visiting us over the next three weeks.

Let's start with three UK bands that are somewhat related. Like Laura Marling, who will be at SXSW again this year, Mumford and Sons, Peggy Sue, and Jay Jay Pistolet each have ties to London's "alt-folk movement"...

Continue reading "Mumford & Sons, Peggy Sue & Jay Jay Pistolet coming to NYC & SXSW -- MP3's, videos & tour dates "

by Klaus Kinski

Will Franken @ Rock n ROFL (more by Ryan Muir)
Will Franken @ Pianos

Holy Toledo. If ever there was a night when the NYC comedy scene presents you with two extremely tough choices of live entertainment, Wednesday April 16, 2008 is a doozie.

On the one hand, you've got the opportunity to see the truly brilliant comedic performance artist Will Franken unleash an HOUR-LONG SET at the Sidewalk Cafe (94 Ave A @ 6th Street) at 9:00pm. Will delivered a short, powerful and completely mesmerizing set at the last Rock n' ROFL that left me ready for a much longer, more involved performance. Tonight's our chance people. Oh, and it's ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Cripes, but on the other hand you've also got the opportunity to check out the latest installment of Rififi's (332 11th St. b/t 1st and 2nd Ave) new Wednesday night staple Gelmania. The show will be hosted by German entertainer Klaus Von Funn (not to be confused with Klaus Kinski), who I endorse completely and without hesitation. The roster of comedic guests makes me weep at the majesty of their caliber; guests include David Cross, Reggie Watts, Chelsea Peretti, Bobby Tisdale, Neil Casey and Anthony Antaminuik. Yes, all of them. Doors for this show are at 8:00pm and costs a mere $5.00.

It's stressful picking which show to go to, but no matter which one you choose, you will have chosen wisely. Gelmania flyer below....

Continue reading "Will Franken vs David Cross & Reggie Watts (TONIGHT!)"

Harry and the Potters

The Sidewalk Cafe schedule reads, "Fri. March 28- Wizard Rock Night: (All the bands play songs influenced by the world of Harry Potter) 8-Catchlove, 9-The Moaning Myrtles, 10-The Whomping Willows, 11-The Malfoys". Also, tickets are on sale for June Harry & the Potters shows at Bowery Ballroom and Southpaw. Related video below...

Continue reading "Harry Potter bands playing Sidewalk Cafe tonight, headlining Bowery & Southpaw in June"

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The Rosebuds @ Bowery Ballroom

Merge posted Ivan's 2007 Top 10 list yesterday. Here are some excerpts....

10.) Selling out the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on our US Tour in May. You have to understand that our first ever show as The Rosebuds in NY was at a place called the Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A, that held about 15 people all of whom were friends of the band we were playing with. Well, I should not say it was a real show because it really was an "Open Mic" night where everyone in the audience got in for free. The only catch was they had a two drink minimum!

2.) Watching Bon Iver's" first show ever at our Rosebuds' show at the House of Rock in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We drove all night from Chicago to get to the afternoon show on time, and Justin (aka Bon Iver) who was our guitarist on tour kept telling us about how awesome his hometown was and about this place called The Joynt down from the venue where his parents met. Well what was awesome was the Bon Iver set. That was the first time any of us ever saw Justin play those songs. When he played "For Emma, For Ever Ago" and dedicated it to Kelly and me, it was all I could do to even watch the song it was so good. If I would have been more of a man I would have just balled my eyes out like I wanted to right there in front of everyone. But I kept it together that time.

The Rosebuds have some shows coming up. Bon Iver has some shows coming up. More below....

Continue reading "Ivan Howard of the Rosebuds on selling out Bowery Ballroom, Micheal Showalter, seeing Bon Iver and stuff"