Entries tagged with: Spirit Family Reunion
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Spirit Family Reunion in Central Park in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Spirit Family Reunion have made a video for the trad-bluegrass style "Put Your Hands Together When You Spin The Wheel" off this year's Hands Together, which premieres in this post. The video includes footage of the band at Newport Folk Fest, Columbus Theatre (Providence, RI), the Sinclair (Cambridge, MA), and Mountain Jam. It was filmed by Chris Brunelle & Stephen Ward and edited by Dustin Reid. Check it out below.
As we recently mentioned, the band is also throwing their own festival here in Brooklyn called the Spirit Family Reunion Harvest Festival on September 24 & 25 at Union Pool. Regarding the lineup, the band tells us: "[It] consists of some of our favorite acts, both local and cosmic, we've encountered over the years ranging from avant country to North African dance music. Each night will start out with solo performers and culminate with a full band dance party after we play." Here's the schedule:
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24Tickets for both nights are still on sale.
7pm Victory Gardens
8pm Spitzer Space Telescope
9pm Big Kitty
10pm Spirit Family Reunion
11:30 Innov Gnawa
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25
7pm Big Kitty
8pm Horse Eyed Men
9pm Spirit Family Reunion
11pm The Love Supreme
SFR have other dates too, all of which are listed below...
photo: Spirit Family Reunion at Central Park in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Spirit Family Reunion are throwing a two-day Harvest Festival at Brooklyn's Union Pool on September 24 & 25. The festival also features Big Kitty, Innove Gnawa Band, The Horse-Eyed Men, Spitzer Space Telescope, The Love Supreme, and Victory Gardens. SFR will headline both nights and it's still being worked out which openers play which night but tickets for either day or two-day passes, are on sale now.
The band released their new album, Hands Together, back in April and it showcases their blend of folk, bluegrass and other roots styles. You can stream five songs from the LP below.
The Harvest Festival falls right in the middle of Spirit Family Reunion's current tour, which includes shows in NY, NJ and CT. All dates are listed below.
photo: Spirit Family Reunion at Central Park in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC locals Spirit Family Reunion recently announced a handful of upcoming dates around the state. In February the folk group will be milling around upstate with The Felice Brothers, playing Rochester, Ithaca and Kingston. The band play their hometown later this spring at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 17. Tickets for the MHOW show are on AmEx presale now, with a general on-sale at noon on Friday (1/30).
Those are three of four NY shows The Felice Brothers are playing, the other being this year's annual "Shine A Light" benefit show at Long Island's Cannon's Blackthorn on February 7 with Strand of Oaks. Tickets for that show are still available.
From there The Felice Brothers are heading to Australia and New Zealand with Conor Oberst on his tour there. Conor also plays NYC at Governor's Ball, and his punk band Desaparecidos recently signed with Epitaph for a new album and have dates coming up.
All dates for Spirit Family Reunion and Felice Bros, with videos from each, below...
photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.
Full round 3 list below...
Spirit Family Reunion in Central Park in August (more by Chris La Putt)
The year is coming to a close before we know it, and more and more New Year's Eve shows happening in NYC are being announced. The newest one is traditional bluegrass devotees Spirit Family Reunion, who will be playing Rough Trade on NYE this year. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (11/19) at noon.
Watch a Spirit Family Reunion video below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion / Old Crow Medicine Show
Langhorne Slim has been on the road lately, but before he left his current hometown of East Nashville, he had some weird stuff go down, as The Tennessean reports. His 1977 Mercury Comet was stolen in late July, and days later when Slim was in Vancouver for a show (he got their via a tour van), his car was spotted and his friend Mike Beyer (who helped him purchase the car) was on the case. After Beyer called the police and trailed the car himself, the teens driving the Comet eventually pulled over and escaped into the woods. Upon getting his car back, what was Langhorne Slim's response? To write a song:
The story seems to have created the kind of dramatic friction songwriters dream about.Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean.
"I don't think that you need to be miserable or have terrible things happen to write songs, though it seems to be where the songs come from," Slim said.
He had picked up his guitar after the theft, already mulling the possibilities.
"Now," he said, "the whole thing is beautiful."
Langhorne Slim's tour hit NYC for a Summerstage show in Central Park on Monday (8/4) with a folk-oriented lineup of Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with a couple videos, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Spirit Family Reunion @ BKNB 7/4/2014
Fresh off playing Clearwater Festival in June, NYC old-school folk band Spirit Family Reunion stopped by Brooklyn Night Bazaar on the 4th of July for some foot-stomping American good times. They were joined by Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. We've got pictures from the night in this post.
Spirit Family Reunion will soon be hitting the road for some extensive US touring, including another NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on August 4 with Old Crow Medicine Show and Langhorne Slim. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour will also include a couple dates with Trampled By Turtles and longer run of dates with The Felice Brothers.
All upcoming Spirit Family Reunion dates are listed, along with more pictures and video of the of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar show, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Saturday the Great Hudson River Revival occurred for the first time without Pete Seeger, the giant folk singer and activist who called Beacon home, and Toshi Seeger, his wife whose strong shoulder and loving arms gave support to all who craved peace. The festival started early, with thousands descending on the park by 11 a.m., and it didn't miss a beat.The 2014 Clearwater Festival went down in Croton Point Park this past weekend (6/21-22) with tons of folk musicians and multiple tributes to the festival's founder, the legendary Pete Seeger who passed away earlier this year, as well as his wife Toshi who passed in 2013. Day 1 included sets by Nicole Atkins, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Spirit Family Reunion and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.
Luane Haggerty stood on stage with the Como Mamas. Draped in blue and green, Haggerty sang with the gospel vocalists, projecting her hands with deep heart and fluid grace. An American Sign Language interpreter who learned because her grandmother was deaf, the Newburgh native has been performing at the Revival for nearly two decades. It's one of the few festivals that utilizes regular ASL interpreting.
"I think it's a real statement, a commitment to the deaf community," Haggerty said. "Having the access is a statement to Pete and Toshi and inclusion." [Times Herald-Record]
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
RIchard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Clearwater Festival will return to Croton Point Park on June 21 & 22 in Croton, NY this year. Performers include Puss N Boots (feat. Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper), Rufus Wainwright, former Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson (whose 2013 LP gave his career a bit of a re-boost), Josh Ritter, Tom Paxton, Houndmouth, David Amram, Spirit Family Reunion, Arc Iris and more. Tickets, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets, are on sale now.
The festival's founder Pete Seeger normally plays every year, but this will be the first one since the folk legend's passing earlier this year.
Full lineup below...
To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.
The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.
Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...
These guys might have once been laughed at as goofy chart toppers, but for a whole generation of kids, blink-182 are an important and influential band, and some of those kids might like to know they're doing a few shows this September ahead of their appearance at Chicago's Riot Fest. No NYC dates, but they'll be close by for shows at Revel Ovation Hall on September 7 in NJ, Mohegan Sun Arena on September 8 in CT, and Sands Bethlehem Event Center on September 12 in PA. Tickets to their PA show go on presale today at 10 AM to anyone who bought tickets for the cancelled May show. Venue and Ticketmaster presales for both their PA and NJ shows start Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and a general on-sale for all three shows starts Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.
Dan Croll is playing Glasslands on October 15. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper is playing Glasslands on September 22. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing is playing Webster Hall on November 23. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Born Ruffians are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Spirit Family Reunion and Hurray for the Riff-Raff are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 2. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Houndmouth are playing Mercury Lounge on November 15 and 16. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
The Wilderness of Manitoba are playing Mercury Lounge on March 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Spirit Family Reunion are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Port St. Willow are playing Mercury Lounge on February 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The Whigs are playing Mercury Lounge on March 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Superhumanoids are playing Mercury Lounge on April 2. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Foxygen, Johnny Marr, The Hives, The Postal Service and more are on sale today too.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.
One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.
Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.
Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.
Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.
Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.
Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.
If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.
For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.
Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit, plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.
Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).
Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).
The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.
My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.
To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.
Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.
What did we miss?
As you may remember, Brooklyn old time folk revivalists Spirit Family Reunion released their debut album over the summer and sounds more like something from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack than something from their NYC borrough in 2012. You can stream the whole thing below. The band recently appeared on long-running NPR show Mountain Stage (taped in West Virginia) alongside Dr. Dog, the Mountain Goats, Nellie McKay, and Red Wanting Blue and that episode airs this week, check here for a station near you and look for the episode to go up on their archive next week.
Meanwhile, Spirit Family Reunion have a few live shows coming up, including New Year's Eve in NYC, playing Pianos with Christopher Paul Stelling. Tickets are $15 and include a champagne toast at midnight.
The band were also kind enough to send us their Top 10 LPs of 2012 and if you're expecting a bunch of Bill Monroe reissues on the list, you'd be wrong. Their list includes Ty Segall and Leonard Cohen who maybe they're going to see tonight at Madison Square Garden? Check out their full list below, along with a stream of their album and a list of all upcoming tour dates.
Tickets for the Titus Andronicus and Ceremony show at Maxwell's go on sale today at noon and tickets for their Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5) at noon.
Caveman is playing the Bowery and Martin Guitar presented "5at5" show at Ace Hotel today (10/3) (the same series Indians played over the summer), where an artist plays five songs at five o'clock. Today's show is free, takes place in the Ace Hotel Lobby at 5 PM.
Icona Pop are opening for Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5 on December 6 and The Paramount on December 7 (Huntington, NY). Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today (T5 at noon, Paramount at 10 AM) with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5). Icona Pop will also be here for CMJ to play Santos Party House on October 18 (lineup TBA) and Brooklyn Bowl on October 19 with Penguin Prison (DJ), Born Ruffians, Free Energy, Chad Valley, and Flume. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are on sale now. All Icona Pop dates are listed below.
Sinkane is playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on October 23. Admission is free with RSVP or $5 at the door.
Speaking of Don Giovanni, Laura Stevenson and the Cans play Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Hess Is More is playing Mercury Lounge on Halloween (10/31) with "very special guests TBA." Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5) at noon.
Spirit Family Reunion are playing Mercury Lounge on November 16 with Adam Arcuragi. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5) at noon.
All Icona Pop dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Spirit Family Reunion - "I Want To Be Relieved" (MP3)
Brooklyn old-time folkies Spirit Family Reunion will release their debut album, No Separation, on June 15. Steeped in the sound of old midwestern country and bluegrass and the rowdiness of other revival bands like The Felice Brothers and Deer Tick, Spirit Family Reunion fit right in with the bands they'll be sharing the stage with at this year's Newport Folk Festival. You can stream three tracks below and download a new one, "I Want to Be Relieved," which is making its premiere in this post above.
Spirit Family Reunion are playing a free show in NYC TONIGHT (5/14) at Living Room. It's their last local show before they hit the road for the next month, returning for a record release show with Hurray for the Riff Raff on June 15 at Mercury Lounge, the day that No Separation comes out. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (5/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/16) at noon. They've also got another free show coming up as part of Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on August 4 with bluegrass vets The Del McCoury Band and revivalist duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.
All dates and streams below...
The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.
DOWNLOAD Stornoway - Fuel Up (MP3)
British band Stornoway released a 4-song '4AD Session' EP via iTunes today. Grab the first track, "Fuel Up" for free above now. Stornoway begin a Noth American tour with Sea of Bees this week in Toronto. Spirit Family Reunion also play the May 26th Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which is still on sale. All dates, and a live video of the same song (filmed on a roof during their first-ever visit to NYC), below...
Pete Seeger at Clearwater 2009 (more by )
The 2011 edition of the Clearwater Festival boasts some big names over its two days, June 18th and 19th, in Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Founder Pete Seeger will be joined by Drive-By Truckers, Martin Sexton, Indigo Girls, Josh Ritter, Arlo Guthrie, Suzanne Vega, Billy Bragg (who plays NYCx3 a month later), and man other artists who are listed elow. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Martin Sexton will play four NYC shows before that Clearwater appearance, as part of a residency at City Winery. Tickets are sold-out for Martin Sexton on June 2nd, 3rd, & 4th at the venue but he just added a fourth late show on 6/4, and tickets are still available.
All Martin Sexton tour dates and the full Clearwater lineup is below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Devotchka @ Big Apple Circus
Depending on the realtor, the New York outpost of Alex Calderwood's Ace Hotel is either located in NoChe (short for North Chelsea) or NoMad (for North of Madison Square Park), but regular people just think of the area as a place to buy knockoff handbags. Inside the hotel it's a different scene, like some dreamy Epcot Center version of the Pacific Northwest, especially on this Friday afternoon, when Colin Meloy, the frontman of the Portland-based Decemberists, began tuning up for a solo show, sponsored by KEXP, the great Seattle radio station that moved into the lobby of the hotel for three days during CMJ. "I'm so glad this pocket of Portland is here," Meloy said of the hotel, which was founded in Seattle but is now headquartered in Stumptown. "Now I feel safe in New York." His set... was prefaced by 15 minutes of lovely droning gibberish from Nick Urata's gypsy punk band DeVotchKa. -[New York Times]The KEXP show at Ace Hotel was the lone date for Colin Meloy during CMJ (videos HERE), but other artists who played the Ace Hotel that day (Glasser and Devotchka) were busy at CMJ this year (though Glasser played one less than planned).
On 10/22 in particular, Devotchka first played the KEXP bash (LISTEN TO IT AT KEXP'S SITE), Fontana's, and then the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Public Assembly to a packed house (thanks again) - all before 6pm.
But the band's big and most-official CMJ show came the next day, Saturday (10/23), under the Big Apple Circus big top at Damrosch Park. That's where the band headlined a unique show with Spirit Family Reunion and Angus & Julia Stone, complete with aerialists and other circus performers. It was part of the "Sideshow" series, though so far the "series" is only that one show.
Pictures from Friday at Fontana's and the Saturday Big Apple Circus show are in this post, and they continue, with some circus show videos, below...