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The National @ Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The National

If you haven't seen the National documentary 'Mistaken For Strangers' yet, July 7 is your chance when it screens for $5.00 at City Winery in NYC (try not to drink all the wine... because then you won't remember the movie!). One night earlier City Winery is screening a documentary about one of The National's favorite bands, the Grateful Dead. That one is free (don't take the brown acid).

The National movie recently opened across Europe where The National will be touring next week. All dates are listed below, even the ones they cancelled in Russka and Ukraine. In April they announced:

Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region, we are sad to report that we have decided to cancel our shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev this summer. Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase. We remain hopeful of coming to play for you in the future and we sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way. Take care of yourselves and we hope to see you soon.
They'll see the U.S. again in August whtn they play a series of festival dates including Made in America in Philly, Boston Calling in Boston, and Riot Fest in Chicago and Toronto. Their most recent NYC shows were in Prospect Park for three nights in a row. We also caught them this year at Sasquatch, in Austin, and in Chicago.

Continue reading "The National kicking off European (but not Russia) tour; 'Mistaken For Strangers' screening at City Winery"

Ira Kaplan w/ YLT at The Bell House in December (more by PSquared)
Ira Kaplan

There technically weren't any Yo La Tengo Hannukah shows last year, but YLT member Ira Kaplan will be taking part in a Passover show in NYC this year. He's one of many names appearing at the annual Downtown Seder at CIty Winery on April 7, a venue that often hosts Jewish events (like the Klezmer brunch). (The actual Passover actually starts a week later.) Front and rear tables are already sold out, but you can still reserve a middle table.

The lineup is very diverse (and not all music), including famous radio/tv sex therapist Dr. Ruth, folk singer Pete Yarrow (of legendary NYC trio Peter Paul and Mary), former baseball player Art Shamsky (Mets, Reds) who is in the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, singer/songwriter Keren Ann who is Israeli (as are performers David Broza and J.Viewz), Basya Schechter (lead singer of NYC's American Jewish world music band Pharaoh's Daughter), City Winery regular David Bromberg, Jewish-themed comedian Jackie Hoffman, Dan Zanes (of the Del Fuegos) and two members of Yiddish theater, Elmore James (not the blues musician) and Zalmen Mlotek.

In related news, Yo La Tengo will appear on Parks & Rec soon.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Paul Simon tribute
Paul Simon tribute

Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.

Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...

Continue reading "Paul Simon Carnegie Hall tribute is tonight -- check out pics + setlist from rehearsal @ City Winery (Tunde Adebimpe, Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter & more)"

Wesley Stace w/ Hamilton of The Walkmen (more by Chris Graham)
Wesley Stace

Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) has a bunch of dates coming up this year, including three of his recurring Cabinet of Wonders shows in NYC at City Winery on March 22, April 18 and May 17. As you may know, these shows usually have pretty exciting guests, so stay tuned to find out who those will be. Tickets for 3/22, 4/18, and 5/17 are on VinoFile Members presale now, and general on-sale starts soon.

All upcoming dates are listed below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Bobby Womack

Classic soul singing is, among countless other things, the art of the interjection. "Whoo!" "Mmmmm." "Ohhhhhh." "HahahaHA!" "Owww." "Yeah, yeah!" "Am I lying?" Can I take my time?" "Listen to me!" "Do you feel it?" Used right, those interjections can be percussion, comedy, respiration, tension, release and more. Bobby Womack, 69, used them all at City Winery on Friday night, wearing a red leather suit, a red hat and red sunglasses as he started a three-night stand.

...The rasp his voice had decades ago is sharper now, and the quaver he always applied for emphasis is a little wider; his croon isn't as smooth. But he still intersperses his songs with spoken advice and exhortations, and gospel-rooted timing still catalyzes his vocals: bounding ahead of the beat, sailing sustained lines over it, flinging raspy shouts against it. Mr. Womack followed impulses: What started as his own 1984 single "Love Has Finally Come at Last" became a tribute to "The Town I Live In" by McKinley Mitchell, a 1962 single he said was played "every day on the radio" while Mr. Womack was growing up in Cleveland, forbidden to listen to secular music. [NY Times]

R&B legend Bobby Womack made a comeback last year with his newest album The Bravest Man in the Universe (which Damon Albarn had a hand in producing), and he stayed active, continuing to tour into this year. His current tour brought him back to NYC for three nights at City Winery last week (12/20-22). We caught the second night, and pictures of that show are in this post.

They continue, along with a few videos, below...

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poster outside City Winery all week (via @mrtillman17)
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He did it again. Much like Thursday night, Prince showed up last night (8/25) at City Winery for the last of New Power Generation's residency at City Winery. Technically it was this morning as the show -- billed as a VMAs afterparty -- didn't start till midnight. And it didn't finish till almost 6 AM. Sets from Shelby J. and Liv Warfield started off the night, followed by "special guest sets" starting at 1 AM from Cee Lo Green (who played Brooklyn Bowl earlier that night), Family Stone/Grand Central Station's Larry Graham (who plays BB King's Wednesday, tickets are on sale), and Alice Smith (who played other nights of the residency too). Prince took the stage around 3 AM and played almost literally till the break of dawn. Doug E. Fresh, who was there on Thursday, guested again too.

Did you go? What did you think? And how are you awake?

The approximate setlist is below...

Continue reading "Prince played w/ NPG again @ City Winery VMAs afterparty, almost till 6AM! Cee Lo, Doug E. Fresh & more too (setlist)"

"Prince and company blew the roof off tonight with #npg #shelbyJ @ City Winery " - David Magdael

"Ninety minutes of Prince at City Winery tonight. Great set. Shorter than usual, but that new song "Big City" was SO GOOD. VMAs weekend." - Erik Sutch

"Back from a secret Prince-New Power Generation reunion at City Winery. My funk levels have been recharged for the year. That man is God." - Chris McCoy

Prince & NPG @ City Winery

Prince & NPG @ City Winery - 8/22/2013

New Power Generation, Prince's sometimes backing band, are in the midst of their "Purple Week" residency at City Winery, for which they've been promising "special celebrity guests nightly." The first night included Alice Smith at the early show and no guests at the late show, but at last night's (8/22) late show, Prince himself showed up.

The venue announced a little before 11:30 that Prince would be appearing at the midnight show, and admission would be cash at the door. A recap from the Prince message boards reads:

Just got in from City Winery.....Let me just say that History was made in NYC this morning. First NYC show with NPG and 3RDEYE Girl together....well sought of.....night started with Shelby and amazing horns of the NPG....then Liz performed a song.....then a great new talent Luke James performed a great new song........then something purple happened....drummer leaves and hear comes Hanna....then Donna takes her position .....then Ida and finally the man of the hour......Staring with Musicology..with eleven piece horns,,,,,,,AMAZING without being complete and in no particular order.....Musicology, Something in the Water Does not Compute, All the Critics Love You in New York, Brown Skin, Don't Stop Till You Get Enough/Cool (with Doug E Fresh), Nothing Compares 2 U and Big City......crowd was capacity of 500 and show started 1235 am...Prince enters stage 1:30 am....show was over at 3:00 AM
Pictures from the show are in this post, but... UPDATE: none of Prince .

In addition to releasing his own new singles lately, Prince also appears on the new Janelle Monae album. Janelle's not playing this year, but she's a multi-year veteran of Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival, which goes down this weekend.

NPG's residency continues with a late show tonight (8/23) and then the final (and most expensive) one is a late show on Sunday (8/25), which doubles as a VMAs after party. No word yet on whether or not Prince will be appearing at that show, or the VMAs.

More pictures and videos below...

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Onetime Knitting Factory owner Michael Dorf opened City Winery in 2008 and opened a second in Chicago last summer. There are more on the way: they just announced that City Winery would open locations in Napa, CA and Nashville, TN. The former will be in the historic Napa Valley Opera House and the other in downtown Nashville. Both locations will feature 300-capacity music venues with restaurants. No opening dates have been set yet.

Speaking of City Winery, they're in the middle "Purple Week," a run of shows with Prince's band New Power Generation. Last night kicked off with minimal special guests (full report and pictures coming shortly). They continue tonight and tickets are still available.

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While Prince doesn't currently have any upcoming shows in NYC, members of New Power Generation do. Shelby J., Liv Warfield and NPG Hornz will play six shows next week at City Winery. Both August 21 & 22 have early and late shows, plus late shows on August 23 and 25. Each show is expected to be different with celebrity guest performances and that final 8/25 show is being billed as an MTV VMAs afterparty (with tickets costing more than double the other shows).

City Winery, whose owner Michael Dorf also did the recent Prince tribute at Carnegie Hall (and accompanying City Winery show), also notes (without promising anything specific, of course) that, "Even Prince has been known to grace the stage in support of his acclaimed band, so plan to expect the unexpected at each show!" Tickets are on sale now.

P.S. Prince recently played a surprise show at City Winery Chicago.

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LA soulful singer-songwriter ZZ Ward who has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Grace Potter and Fitz & the Tantrums, plays Warsaw in Brooklyn on Friday night (6/21) and tickets are still available.

The June NYC show in the Red Bull Sound Select series happens on Tuesday (6/25) at Drom with Bridget Kelly, Wavy Spice, and Chippy Nonstop. Like the other monthly RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door.

Tickets for the Charli XCX shows at Gramercy Theater and Asbury Park go on Live Nation presales today at 10 AM. There's also a Music Geeks presale (password: "musicgeeks") for the Gramercy show.

Tickets to see Blondie at Roseland Ballroom go on Live Nation presale today at 10 AM (anyone know the password?).

Tickets for the Violent Femmes show at Central Park go on a few different presales today at 10 AM, including a BrooklynVegan presale (password: "BKVEGAN").

Tickets for Megadeth's Gigantour shows at Hammerstein Ballroom go on Megadeth/Gigantour presales today at 10 AM.

O'Death are playing The Bell House on Friday (6/21) with Kendra Morris, Zachary Cale, and Feral Foster. Tickets for that show are available.

Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze is playing City Winery on September 7 and 8. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Marianne Faithfull is playing City Winery on September 16 with special guest Marc Ribot. Tickets for that show are on VinoFile member presale now.

Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter, who plays Maxwell's soon, plays City Winery on September 20 and 21. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on VinoFile member presale now.

Graham Nash is playing City Winery on September 24 and 25. Tickets for night 1, night 2, and meet & greet tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

One Christmas At A Time

Jonathan Coulton and past collaborator/tourmate John Roderick (of The Long Winters) released a Christmas album, One Christmas At A Time, together with ten original Christmas songs by the two musicians ("actually one of them is a Chanukah song, so OK, nine"). Listen to two tracks from the holiday release below.

They'll support the release with another tour together this fall which brings them to NYC on December 14 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Jonathan Coulton is also the house musician on NPR/WNYC puzzle show Ask Me Another which tapes live at The Bell House in Brooklyn . The shows are hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and tickets are on sale for five upcoming dates, all also listed below...

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Rhett Miller at MHOW, October 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller has only a sprinkle of dates scheduled from now until the early portion of 2013, but that does include a stop on January 9th, 2013 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show and for a December show at City Winery in Chicago. Rehtt Miller recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with his band The Old 97s on tour and at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall.

In other City Winery news, John Wesley Harding returns with another set of Cabinet of Wonders variety shows, his guest-filled appearances that usually go down at City Winery now. The November 16th show will feature appearances from Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say YEah, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (tickets) while the December 16th show will feature Josh Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman and The Silver Ages. John Wesley Harding & the English UK recently dropped the "Making Love to Bob Dylan" single, which is available now via iTunes.

The hits at City Winery continue with Polaris Shortlister Kathleen Edwards. Edwards will spend the tail end of this year in Europe, travelling the first half of December in the UK, Scandanavia and beyond. The US gets very little love at the moment, but there are two NYC dates scheduled in the tail-end part of January so far. Look for the Canadian songwriter on 1/30 and 1/31. Tickets are on sale.

And last, but certainly not least, Alejandro Escovedo also has a limited number of East Coast dates scheduled as well. Dates in Texas dominate his schedule thus far but a stop in Evanston, IL for New Year's Eve and City Winery in NYC are in the crosshairs, with 1/18 and 1/19 scheduled for the guitarist. Tickets are on sale.

Other tour dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Rhett Miller, Kathleen Edwards, John Wesley Harding & Alejandro Escovedo playing City Winery & other places (dates)"

Bettye LaVette at Highline Ballroom, May 2010 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette, who is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a musician, is in the Midwest now and about to play two shows at the new City Winery Chicago, but after a stint across the pond, the soul singer will retire from the road for the year in middle December. The downtime won't last too terribly long though; Bettye LaVette will play a pair of NYC shows in early January: 1/11 at City Winery (tickets) and 1/12 at Joe's Pub (tickets).

All tour dates are listed, along with video of an entire live show, below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette on tour, playing Joe's Pub & City Winery (in NYC & Chicago) -- updated dates"

DOWNLOAD: Joseph Arthur - Where is My Van? (MP4)

Still from "Where is My Van?" video
Joseph Arthur

So after all this I got my van back!
I can't thank y'all enough for your support and help.
It cost plenty, but I'm very happy to have my art and my gear back.
Jose (the guy who had it) drove a hard bargain (Ron calls it a sort of hold up)
and sold it all back to me for $5,500 after he paid a grand for it,
but I'm trying to keep it in perspective,
Things like this can't be measured strictly with numbers
and the life lessons it taught were of greater value than the dollars and cents.
The main one being the support I got from all of you.
Along with the people,whom without I never would have gotten it back,
Ron, Vic, Lea, Carla, Julie, Peter, Kraig, Ehud and Spencer - THANK YOU!
The list goes on, but now I need to search this four wheel goliath for my tarot cards and try to catch new dreams.
Thanks again everyone and I hope to see you down the road.
I'll be the one driving a van more famous than me.
We're glad this all worked out for Joseph Arthur who got his van back (which had been towed and sold by the City of New York) thanks in part to civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby. In hopes of recovering some of the costs to get his van and his contents back from the person who bought it (for a grand), Joseph is performing a fundraiser show at City Winery on October 21 which is apparently already sold out (at least that's what the website says), but if you'd like to contribute to the fund, you can purchase a "Where Is My Van?" t-shirt from Joseph's webiste. You can also catch Joseph at ATP NY this month, and at the other dates which are listed below.

As you may have heard, Joseph wrote a song, "Where is My Van?," that you can download above. He also made a video for the song, featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M., that Michael Stipe has called "The best music video since Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U.'" You can watch it below. We can only hope Joseph will write a follow-up single, "My Van Was in the Bronx."

Speaking of Michael Stipe, earlier today he expressed his dissatisfaction with Fox News.

Van video is below

Continue reading "Joseph Arthur got his van back, playing fundraiser in October"

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Karl Wallinger

Karl Wallinger is bringing his band World Party to America next month for a short East Coast acoustic tour, including a stop in NYC at City Winery on September 17. Tickets are on sale.

Wallinger, the former Waterboys keyboardist who made five more-or-less terrific Beatles-y/Stones-y/Dylan-y World Party albums from 1987 - 2000, suffered a brain aneurysm in 2001. "It's a bit crap when your head explodes," Karl told MOJO in the September '12 issue. "It took four years to be back properly...I had to re-learn things because my eyesight is fucked. For a while I couldn't see the end of the guitar so I was playing quite a few jazz chords. And now I can't see my right hand on the piano unless I look very strangely to the right."

Eyesight problems aside, Wallinger has made an otherwise complete recovery. In April he released Arkeology, a 5-disc World Party rarities set, that also includes a couple new tunes. (Stream it via Spotify.) He also promises a new album in 2013.

All World Party U.S. tour dates are listed below, along with a few classic World Party music videos.

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Danny Brown at Prospect Park, June 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Danny Brown

Labor Day is quickly approaching and if you're not leaving the city and need sommething to cap off the summer, the folks at Fools Gold Records are once again throwing their Day Off NY party which happens Monday, September 3 at City Winery's backyard and features Danny Brown, French Montana, Flosstradamus, Flatbush Zombies, #BEEN #TRILL, Just Blaze, and more. The party goes from 2PM - 8PM and is free and all-ages. More details are here. Flyer for the party is below.

The Fool's Gold party happens about a week after Danny Brown and Just Blaze share a bill at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 25 with Nick Catchdubs, The Stallions, and BAIO (of Vampire Weekend). Tickets for that show are still on sale.

Danny Brown will also return to NYC when his tour with A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q hits Roseland Ballroom on September 27 (tickets).

Fool's Gold Day Off flyer and a list of updated Danny Brown dates below...

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John Wesley Harding at Cabinet of Wonders in 2011 (more by Chris Graham)
John Wesley Harding

John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) has been up to a lot this year, as usual. He finally gave his 1996 album, John Wesley Harding's New Deal, its first-ever vinyl release last month via Yep Roc. He's also set to continue his guest-filled Cabinet of Wonders variety shows at City Winery. The next happens at the NYC venue on September 8 with Sam Amidon, Todd Barry, Iris Dement, Ben Marcus and STEW, followed by shows on October 19 and November 16. The guests for the second two shows have not been revealed yet. Tickets for all three Cabinet of Wonders shows are on sale now.

The September 8 show falls right in the middle of John Wesley Harding's upcoming tour with progressive folk vets Strawbs, who will be playing acoustic.. That tour hits the NYC area on September 7 at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, NJ and September 11 at BB King's. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now. Strawbs also play Strand Theater (9/8) in Lakewood, NJ the day that John Wesley Harding does his Cabinet of Wonders show at City Winery. All dates on the tour are listed below.

John Wesley Harding will also be hosting one of the shows in BAM and Greenlight Bookstore's Unbound literary series. He'll host the Gary Shteyngart Roast that happens on November 20 at BAM Harvey Theater with Kurt Andersen, Jay McInerney, Sloane Crosley, and others TBA. The full Unbound schedule is below.

All lists of dates and that schedule are below.

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Azure Ray

Azure Ray will release their new album, As Above So Below, on September 4 via Saddle Creek. You can stream a track from the album, "Scattered Like Leaves," at the bottom of this post and download it too if you give them your email address. There's a video trailer for the album below as well.

Azure Ray are going on tour in a month, including an NYC stop at City Winery on September 12 and tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming Azure Ray tour dates are listed below.

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Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin', Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family / Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the Centennial celebrations. The year-long celebration will include a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country and across the pond.

It's a rare thing for an artist to still be making an impact on modern music as he approaches the 100th anniversary of his birth, like Woody Guthrie is. It's fitting then that people have been celebrating Woody's centennial, at multiple events across the country, all year long. A big list of remaining events across the country is below. We'll also highlight a few.

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The Guthrie Family ("Arlo Guthrie w/ Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee, Johnny Irion...and the Kids") will celebrate with a "Guthrie Family Reunion" tour featuring three generations of Guthries. Arlo Guthrie commented:

"Getting the family together and heading out on the road is the perfect way to celebrate my father's centennial - only once before did we have the whole family on tour, and we did 80 shows. Instead of doing an entire year of touring and taking the kids out of school, we are focusing on shows right around Woody's actual birthday. This time of year marks the climax of the Woody Guthrie centennial celebrations all over the world. I'll also continue my solo touring in honor of my dad through spring 2013."
The Guthries, who will perform Woody's songs as well as new material written by various family members, will spend the day after Woody's birthday at Central Park Summerstage. The free Sunday (7/15), NYC show starts at 7pm. They also play a show in Ocean City, NJ the next day, and Newport Folk Festival later in the month. All tour dates are listed below.

On July 10 (12-1 pm), NYC's 92YTribeca hosts author Ed Cray who will discuss his book "Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie."

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion play Hill Country in NYC on 7/12.

On 7/14 head to Coney Island for a free screening of "Bound for Glory" on the beach along with "live music by Billy Bragg and Steve Earle starting at 8:00pm, and the feature film starting around 8:45pm." Get to Coney Island earlier and see a free screening of "Man In the Sand" at the Coney Island museum. "Following the film, there will be a book signing by Nora Guthrie and CD signing by Billy Bragg, with both items available for purchase."

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City Winery in NYC will play host to a trio of events titled "Woodyfest" from July 11-13 Hosted by Steve Earle, the shows will feature an assortment of artists paying tribute to the troubador. July 11 features John Hammond & Tim Robbins, and more TBA (tickets). July 12 has Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers & Allen Toussaint (tickets). July 13th features Billy Bragg, Amy Helm & Joe Purdy (tickets).

Brooklyn College will host a "Woody at 100" celebration on September 22 with a conference, and a tribute concert.

More events, dates, and some videos from the party that took place at the 2012 Clearwater Festival in June, below....

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Ramesh at Mercury Lounge, March 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Bad news: Ramesh has cancelled his upcoming shows including the NYC gigs that were scheduled to happen this week (Glasslands tonight [6/25], the FOTP BBQ at City Winery on Saturday [6/30]) have been canceled. From Ramesh:

Hey Everybody,

We are really sorry about having to cancel the tour dates, but issues have come up, which have forced us to do so. New dates, along with other news, will be announced soon.

Once again, our apologies, and thank you so much for you support.

Ramesh

That's all we know.

UPDATE: Ramesh will still play the Finger on the Pulse BBQ at City Winery on Saturday (6/30), but it will be an acoustic, stripped down set. Tickets are still on sale.

Oh and speaking of Finger on the Pulse, they were just announced on a new show at House House of Vans too.

Portland Cello Project

As mentioned, The Portland Cello Project are playing the 2012 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival's kickoff event on June 26. It's part of a short East Coast tour, that also includes a NYC show with previous tourmate Emily Wells at Housing Works Bookstore on June 25th (tickets). They'll also be back later this summer for a show at City Winery on August 22nd (tickets). All dates are listed below.

If you're unfamiliar with the PCP, as we like to call them, the ensemble turns contemporary pop into classical jams your uptight uncle would like. They just released a new album, Homage, which features their arrangements of hip hop songs from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others. Check out video of them performing a Jay-Z/Kanye tune they've renamed "Ninjas in Paris" (I wonder how many times they'll play it) along with a list of all upcoming tour dates below...

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The Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival returns with its fourth year starting June 26 and continuing every Tuesday through Labor Day. Brought to you by City Winery (where the shows take place), the free outdoor shows (they're behind the venue) go down from 5:30PM to 7:30 PM "rain or shine" and will feature appearances from Portland Cello Project (who also have other shows coming up), Brother Joscephus & Betty, Marco Benevento, Sam Moore, Luisa Maita, Ollabelle, Ryan Montbleau Band, Marshall Crenshaw, Toubab Krewe, and Poundcake featuring Teddy Thompson, Jeff Hill, and Ethan Eubanks.

Head below for the weekly schedule with descriptions.

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Craig Finn with The Hold Steady at Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
Craig Finn

Hey Everyone,

I hope all is good. I've been enjoying my time at home writing music and seeing a bunch of shows. Thank you Nick Lowe, Wu Lyf, Titus Andronicus, Archers of Loaf, and Bruce Springsteen for some great times.

Besides going to shows, I'm also going to play quite a few coming up. The Hold Steady has a very fun tour in June...

I've also got a few solo shows. The first two are in Chicago on June 2...

Also, I will be playing a show with The Baseball Project on July 5 at City Winery in NYC. I had a great time performing and hanging out with these guys last year. This should be a great show...

For all the solo sets, it will just be me and a guitar. I'll tell you some stories and sing you some songs. This is the first time I've done sets like this, and I'm looking forward to it.

Hope to see you soon.

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That Hold Steady tour in June does not currently include a NYC date -- though they will play the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ in July -- but we do get frontman Craig Finn, who will team up with alt-rock all stars The Baseball Project for a show at City Winery on July 5 as part of the CBGB Festival. Tickets are on on sale now.

The show is one of three current dates for The Baseball Project -- all in the Northeast. Below, you can check out those listed dates, a listing of all Hold Steady dates and a video of The Baseball Project's full set from The Met last month.

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Tonight at City Winery:

Join Music for Occupy on May 8th to inspire and celebrate through music the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% who've been adversely affected by the economic corruption that has permeated our Democracy, created a near insurmountable disparity in wealth, and hindered life, liberty, justice and the pursuit of an honest living for all.

Music For Occupy is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, and all proceeds above board attained through the production and distribution of "Occupy This Album: a compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%" will go directly towards the needs of sustaining this growing movement. A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales will also go to the Occupy Wall Street movement

The lineup, listed in full below, includes Michael Moore accompanied by Tom Chapin, Dave Dreiwitz, David Amram, and Kevin Twigg (yes that Michael Moore). Expect them to do their cover of "Times They Are a Changin", which you can also listen to, below...

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Deer Tick at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deer Tick

As previously discussed, Diamond Rugs is the new "supergroup" featuring members of Black Lips, Deer Tick, Los Lobos and Dead Confederate. To be more specific, they are:

John McCauley- Vocals, Guitar
Ian Saint Pe- Vocals, Guitar
Hardy Morris-Vocals,guitar
Steve Berlin- horns, keys
Robbie Crowell- Bass, sax, keys
Bryan Dufresne- Drums

Guest Musicians:
Bryan Minto- harmonica
Bucky Baxter - pedal steel
Spencer Collum - pedal steel
Oscar Utterström - trombone
JP Frappier - trumpet

They have a record coming via Partisan Records (home of Deer Tick) in Spring 2012, and the band will play their debut show on 12/29 at The Earl in Atlanta with Dead Confederate. Tickets are still on sale. Flyer below.

The Earl performance is right before Los Lobos head to NYC to play a pair of shows on New Year's Eve at City Winery. Tickets are still available for both the early and the late shows. All Los Lobos dates below...

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