Entries tagged with: free shows
River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
The free River to River Festival returns in 2014 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 19-29 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences." Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon happening June 22 at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden (more info), and...
On June 24 at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, world-renowned string quartet ETHEL is joined by guest guitarist Kaki King to present a special performance of ...And Other Stories. The collaboration is anchored by a re-imagining of Bach's masterful Brandenburg Concerto #6 and includes works from ETHEL's repertoire by Phil Kline and John Zorn, plus original compositions by Kaki King and the world premiere of a work by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov composed especially for ETHEL and Kaki King.Other notable shows include People Get Ready at North End Way on June 19; Piñata Protest, Kuenta I Tambu (KiT), Helado Negro and SLV at The Uplands, South Street Seaport on June 27; composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra (who just teamed up with Mirah for Ecstatic Music Festival) & Roberto Rodriguez on June 21 at India House (1pm), Peter Minuet Plaza (3pm), and Tear Drop Park (5pm); Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka, Calexico) with La Orkestra and Rey Vellenato Beto Jamiaca on June 29 at The Uplands, South Street Seaport; and more.
Last year's successful partnership with Original Music Workshop, a new music venue set to open in Brooklyn in 2015, continues with three more "Ex-Situ" concerts of contemporary music in site-specific locations. Curated by composer Paola Prestini, this year's series is dedicated to the music and influences of master minimalist composer Terry Riley. It begins on June 20 with "Terry Riley and Friends," a concert featuring works by the composer performed by musicians including his son Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People's Chorus.
Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2014 line-up is listed, with details, below...
Bang on a Can Marathon 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
As part of this year's River to River Festival, the free annual Bang on a Can Marathon will return to Brookfield Place, Winter Garden on June 22 from 2-10 PM:
Bang on a Can returns with its annual super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! This year features eight hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today's most pioneering young artists including Roomful of Teeth, So Percussion, Jherek Bischoff and many more.Jherek Bischoff also takes part in this year's Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets as part of Red Bull Music Academy.
Louis Andriessen, Armando Bayolo, Jherek Bischoff, Carlos Carrillo, Bryce Dessner, Julius Eastman & Jace Clayton, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Brooks Hendrickson, Molly Joyce, David Lang, Paula Matthusen, Marc Mellits, Meredith Monk, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, JG Thirlwell, and Julia Wolfe.
Adrianna Mateo, Anonymous 4, Bang on a Can All-Stars & friends, Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Great Noise Ensemble, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) & friends, Jherek Bischoff, Mantra Percussion, Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann, Roomful of Teeth, and So Percussion.
4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Village Voice's free 4Knots Festival will return to South Street Seaport on July 12 though the location will be slightly different. The old location, Pier 17 (home of The Seaport Music Festival) is being redeveloped so the main stage for the 2014 4Knots will happen one slot over at Pier 16 (right next to the Peking ship) and the second stage will be at the See / Change space at Fulton and Front (near where Sound Bites happened last year). There will also be an afterparty at Webster Hall that night. Line-ups and schedule are still TBA.
photo by Dwayne Larson
Toronto indie band July Talk are led by two co-lead singers, Peter Dreimanis whose got a growl not unlike Man Man or maybe Tom Waits, and Leah Fay whose softer vocals recall fellow Toronto indie bands Stars or Metric. They put out their self titled debut album last year via Sleepless Records, and you can get a taste of it from the videos for "Guns + Ammunition" and "Let Her Know," which you can watch below.
"You got it," a guy in a backwards hat from the opening band yells out continuously during July Talk's performance at the Beat Kitchen. He's drunk and perhaps a little envious but in this case a drunk sad boy's sarcastic line couldn't be more appropriate: July Talk just has it.See for yourself.... They have more US dates coming up this month, including two in NYC. First they'll play Bowery Electric on Tuesday (4/22) with Nightshades and then Pianos the next night (4/23) (early 8 PM set). Both are FREE.
All dates are listed, with those videos, below...
Temples @ Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Hudson River Park's River Rocks returns to Pier 84 this summer for three Thursdays of free outdoor shows. The 2014 lineup leans decidedly Anglophilic: Wild Beasts (who were in NYC not that long ago) and Mutual Benefit will play on July 10; then it's Scotland's Teenage Fanclub (on their way to Merge 25, their first NYC show in four years) will play on July 24; and then on August 7 it's UK psych-pop combo Temples. Openers for the second two shows are still TBA. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.
by Klaus Kinski
Holy smokes people. Several times now I have tried to hip you l'il pups to Brooklyn's new and completely dominating series called "The Talk Show Series Presents..." which takes place, sporadically, in the back room of Williamsburg bar Over the Eight. The series is a talk-show formatted live show featuring a revolving cast of hosts and guests. The past few episodes have been hosted by famous awesome actor Kevin Corrigan and he has delivered such an unbelievable roster of high-end talent to that teeny tiny little room that they now need an ambulance on-site during the shows because people lose control of their bowels and sometimes faint or even drop dead from excitement.
And now, the next, star-studded, holy-shit-gasp inducing Talk Show Series Presents: The Kevin Corrigan Show is upon us and sweet baby Jeebus it's a whopper! Thursday (April 17), Talk Show Series will feature Michael Shannon, Nathasha Lyonne, as well as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from the wildly and justifiably popular and groundbreaking series Broad City. The show is at 9 PM on the dot, and the show is FREE. Get there early because the place only holds about 30 people; 27 if I attend because I am a lard ass and take up hella more space than most humans.
In other Michael Shannon related news, besides being a compelling powerful actor, he's also a musician who happens to be in a band. That band is called Corporal and they happen to have a gig coming up on Friday April 25 at 17 Frost Street Space in Williamsburg. 17 Frost is a tiny space nestled cozily next to a god awful shit looking condo building in Williamsburg. Blink and you'll miss it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my words.
Eternal Summers (photo from their Facebook)
As mentioned, this weekend's live entertainment at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is curated by Kanine Records, with Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day and Alvvays on Friday (4/18), and then No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, and Little Big League on Saturday (4/19). Those shows are free. A few of those bands -- FoM, Beverly, Beach Day and Eternal Summers --- feature on the Non Violent Femmes compilation that Kanine's putting out on Record Store Day (4/19).
After this weekend, some of the bands playing have other NYC shows lined up. Eternal Summers and Beverly will play Cake Shop on Monday, April 21 with Sapphire Mansions on the bill as well. Beverly, which has been up to this point just Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, will make their debut as a full band (which we hear may not include Frankie). Beverly's debut album, Careers, is out July 1 via Kanine. Watch a trailer for it below.
Fear of Men, meanwhile, will play a free show at Baby's All Right on April 23. It's an early show, doors at 7:30 and it'll be over by 10 PM. Openers TBA. Between this, BKNB and their Rough Trade #RSD14 appearance, that's three free chances to see them in NYC in the next week. Fear of Men's new album, Loom, is out April 22 via Kanine, and they'll soon be on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Flyer for the Kanine BK Night Bazaar nights and the Beverly album teaser below...
Inc. at PIanos in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
WBAR Barnard College Radio's Annual FREE WBAR-B-Q happens again this year on April 19 on Barnard's Lehman Lawn from noon to 8 PM. This year's will be headlined by Inc. (the day before their tour hits Knitting Factory), and also features Ka, LVL UP, Darlings, Jerry Paper, DJ Dog Dick, Yellow Eyes, Giant Claw, Amanda X and Arm Candy. It's all ages, totally free, and open to the public. More info at the Facebook event.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Cibo Matto at Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Adela Loconte)
Celebrate Brooklyn, the people behind the ongoing BRIC House shows and the upcoming Prospect Park shows, will be throwing more shows in between, the Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. There's three shows, all FREE, happening for three consecutive Thursdays in May. Each show features "a varied lineup of bands paired with DJs, on a great lawn with spectacular views of the city, plus dance lessons, free valet bike parking, food trucks" (many with specials based on the show's music genre) and more, and runs from 7 to 10 PM. Entry to the pier is at Old Fulton Street at the Brooklyn waterfront or from the new Squibb Park Bridge.
The first show will be headlined by the Gogol Bordello-related Balkan Beat Box on May 8, and also features DJ Joro Boro. On May 15, it's veteran NYC band Cibo Matto who are fully back in action with Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Then, finally on May 22 it's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (who played The Apollo earlier this month) with Okayafrica's Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog.
Meanwhile, BRIC is throwing a 'dance party' this Saturday (4/12) at the BRIC House with AndrewAndrew and a DJ set from Neon Indian, whose collaborator Leanne Macomber has a new NSFW video for her Ejecta project. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Full upcoming BRIC House schedule here.
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Summerscreen is back for another season of free outdoor movies and live music for six Wednesdays in Williamsburg's McCarren Park. While the bands playing are still TBA, this year's line-up:
July 9 - Back to the FutureThe audience pick is between Kill Bill Vol. 1, Jawbreaker, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Warriors, Spice World, Big Trouble in Little China and Mean Girls. Vote for your favorite now.
July 16 - Zoolander
July 23 - Cry-Baby
July 30 - Heathers
August 6 - Big Lebowski
August 13 - Audience Pick!
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Samantha Marble
As previously mentioned, Brooklyn's 1-800-BAND are releasing a new EP, Diver Blue, next week (4/8) via Almost Ready Records (pre-order). The band are devotees late '70s power pop/new wave (think The Cars, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick), and the band's bio -- which is re-written overtop a vintage press release -- declares "Let's Have a Good Time" at the very top. 1-800-Band aren't looking to reinvent the wheel, they're out to have fun playing hook-and-riff-filled pop. A full stream of the EP makes its premiere in this post, and you can listen below.
1-800-BAND also have some previously announced shows coming up, including two in their hometown. The first of those is a record release show on Saturday (4/5) at Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn). They'll have the EP on sale ahead of its release date at that show, and that one's a FREE SHOW with FREE BEER.
They also play night 1 of Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, co-presented by Trouser Press, on May 9 at The Bell House with '70s-era power pop vets Dwight Twilley and Pezband. Night 2 of the fest includes Shoes, Paul Collins and more, and you can still get tickets to either day or a 2-day pass.
All 1-800-BAND dates are listed, with the EP stream and a video, below...
Lau have been nominated as best group in the upcoming Radio 2 folk awards 2014 , and have already taken the title so many times they should arguably retire the trophy. Combining towering technical skill with fluidity and an enviable emotional warmth, the trio of accordionist Martin Green, guitarist Kris Drever and violinist Aidan O'Rourke are perhaps the best live band in the country. As long-standing veterans of Celtic Connections, the sprawling roots music festival that helps keep Glasgow's blood from freezing each January, this date was practically a homecoming gig.Perhaps the most celebrated modern folk band in the UK, Lau have been making music for nearly a decade and, as mentioned in the Guardian piece above, have won "Best Group" at BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards on four occasions. If you're unfamiliar, you can listen to a sampler of their work below.
The focal point was the world premiere of The Bell That Never Rang, one of 20 new works commissioned for the UK's first New Music Biennial. Inspired by an image from Glasgow's coat of arms and composed by Lau in collaboration with string experimentalists the Elysian Quartet, the semi-improvised piece evolved from Drever's unhurried guitar figure into an 18-minute beast characterised by swathes of thrillingly queasy glissando. - [The Guardian]
Lau are over from Edinburgh for a few U.S. dates, including two in NYC. On Sunday (4/6) they'll play The Studio at Webster Hall, which is a kickoff concert for Tartan Week which celebrates all things Scottish in NY. The whole bill features Scottish artists, including band The La Fontaines, pop singer Nina Nesbitt, and hip hop duo Hector Bizerk. This show is free, but you do need to get tickets online. For a full run down of Tartan Week activities (musical and otherwise) head here.
Lau also play a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on April 11 with Gramercy Arms. Tickets for that show are on sale. All Lau tour dates are listed, along with streams a couple live videos, below.
Meanwhile, for a taste of the Irish, tickets are still on sale for the Irish Arts Center-presented show with The Gloaming at LPR. YES, we know the difference between Ireland and Scotland (unlike Phil Hartman in the video with Mike Meyers below).
Mt. Royal @ Baby's All Right, 3/19/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Shopping/entertainment destination Brooklyn Night Bazaar has announced a few more shows to it's upcoming schedule of free musical entertainment. So let's run through them, shall we?
On Friday, April 11 it's night of punk, headlined by hardcore vets Murphy's Law, and also featuring Agitator, Goosebumps, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Mayor Creep.
The next night (April 12), they have Canadian band PUP (who just played here a couple weeks ago) for a co-headline show with Hunters, plus Big Ups too, making for a very fun Saturday night.
Canadian sisterly duo Tasseomancy (who we just wrote about) are part of an appealing bill on Saturday, April 26 that is co-headlined by Oberhofer and A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and also features Canon Logic and Mt. Royal. Meanwhile, Amanda X was added to the Total Slacker / Reputante show that happens the night before (Friday, April 25).
We already told you about the Screaming Females release party happening on May 16. The next night (Saturday, May 17) Swearin' and Radiator Hospital will play BKNB with more TBA.
This weekend at the Bazaar, it's Bronze Radio Return, Gem Club, The Suzan, and Alexandra Stewart on Friady (April 4) and then on Saturday (April 5) it's under-appreciated Irish band Ash, plus Run River North, Golden Suits, and Drop Electric.
As always, Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free.
Palehound @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Record Store Day 2014 is just a couple weekends away (Saturday, April 19) and even if you aren't one of the ones clamoring for RSD exclusive releases, you can partake in teh festivities via free in-store performances. Rough Trade NYC has announced it's slate of RSD live music performers: Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. Additionally, the day will feature DJ sets by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde, the folks at Daptone Records, Justin Strauss, and Deano Sounds of Cultures of Soul Records. Set times have not been announced but the performances are free to attend.
The Rails, which features Kami Thompson (Richard & Linda Thompson's daughter), plays London's Rough Trade East in the morning and flies to NYC immediately after for her show at the Williamsburg location (shades of Phil Collins at Live Aid there).
Fear of Men play another free show in NYC the night before (4/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day.
If you are one of those looking for RSD14 exclusive releases, Rough Trade has published their list of what they're getting in the store. On Record Store Day, Rough Trade NYC opens at 9 AM.
CHVRCHES at Laneway Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Scottish synth pop stars CHVRCHES have an upcoming tour that brings them to NYC for three sold-out Terminal 5 shows in May (5/2 - 5/4), and they've just announced that they'll be back in NYC for the Northside Festival, where they'll headline the FREE McCarren Park show on June 15. That's one of two free shows happening in McCarren park during Northside. Stay tuned for openers for this one, details on the other one, and RSVP info.
Updated CHVRCHES dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Crowdsurfing at shows is a common occurrence. A bandmember surfing the crowd atop his keyboard? That was a first for this fairly seasoned concertgoer and happened at last night's BV-presented La Femme show (3/23) at Glasslands. It was the capper to one of the most bonkers, sweaty, fun shows I have been to in a long time.
Glasslands was absolutely packed by the time the Parisian band took the stage. Having seen them at our SXSW day party, I knew La Femme were good but I wasn't expecting such a crowd reaction. Especially on a Sunday night. This audience -- which, total guess, seemed about 1/3 French -- was there to party and dance, as was the band who played for almost an hour and a half. By the end of it, singer Sacha Got was stripped to a Speedo and humping his keyboard. But the music never stopped, La Femme knocked out their ultra-catchy new wave spy music -- they played nearly everything (if not actually everything) from last year's great Psycho Tropical Berlin (complete with Theremin). What a show!
If you missed it, La Femme play the slightly more upscale Chez Andre at The Standard in the East Village tonight. The early show (7 - 9 PM) is free but you do need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. They'll also open for both NYC Trail of Dead shows (3/28 at MHOW and 3/29 at Bowery Ballroom) and tickets are still available.
The rest of the show was fun too. Future Punx kicked things off with a tight set of synthy new wave -- complete with projected visuals -- and Regal Degal previewed a bunch of songs from their new album which was produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and will be out on Terrible Records later this year. I had a good time DJing this show too.
Pictures from Future Punx and Regal Degal, plus more pics of La Femme (plus video), below...
by Jeremy Nifras
Boogarins at Burgermania at SXSW 2014 (photo by Ann Alva Wieding)
Brazilian rock band Boogarins are making their way around North America, and while they're here they'll come to NYC to do a free admission, all-ages in-store performance at Other Music this Monday (3/24) at 8PM. Other Music holds a limited capacity, so make sure you get there before it fills up.
The band will be supporting their debut album, As Plantas Que Curam, a sweet blend of poppy melodies with psychedelic guitar leads, which came out last year on the record store's namesake label, Other Music Recording Company. Their lyrics are entirely in Portuguese, but language barriers aren't important when discussing their blissful, trippy rock tunes.
Bo Ningen @ SXSW 2014 (photo via @8boyboy8)
By the second song, "Haken," the band was furiously bouncing around the stage in unison to its roller-coastery waves of reverberating guitar noise and pulsating rhythms. Singer/bassist Taigen Kawabe led the charge with a manic, sometimes cackle-like vocal style and dramatic, wild-eyed gestures that included a tear through the middle of the crowd near the end of the set. - [Minnesota Star Tribune]One of the most talked-about bands at SXSW this year was Japanese band Bo Ningen, due in no small part to their wild, guitar-swinging, in-your-face shows. The band will release their new album, III, via Stolen Recordings on May 20. (The record does not have last year's collaboration with Savages' Jhenny Beth but she is on another song, "CC.") You can stream "DaDaDa" from it below.
For those who weren't in Austin (or those, like me, who managed to miss them there), Bo Ningen will be back over for Coachella and then touring after. Those dates include two in NYC: April 25 at Knitting Factory and a free afternoon in-store at Rough Trade on April 27. No word on tickets for the Knit show just yet.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
Mac DeMarco @ M for Montreal 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Mac DeMarco's new album, Salad Days, will be out April 1 via Captured Tracks. You can stream the new single off the record, "Brother," below. If you wanna hear more off the album and live in NYC, Mac will be doing a solo acoustic in-store at Other Music on March 27 at 8 PM. You can also pre-order the album via OM and pick it up early that night.
UPDATE (3/27): You can only attend the in-store if you pre-ordered the album from Other Music, and the venue is now at capacity.
A week or so after that (April 9) Mac's tour hits Webster Hall with Amen Dunes, Juan Wauters, and Tonstartssbandht which is sold out. Updated tour dates are listed below...
While they still aren't having shows there yet, you might want to head to Rough Trade NYC this month to check out a large Moog installation. It is, in fact, the world's largest modern Moog installation which is free to visit, and the public can unleash their inner Rick Wakeman, press some keys and twiddle some knobs. The exhibit is open 11 AM - 11 PM daily through March 29. There will be some events as part of it as well -- on March 20 there will be a performance by Kiran Gandhi of M.I.A.'s band, and at a later date (TBA), Anna Barie of These Are Powers will perform as well.
This installation is a NYC tie-in to the upcoming Moogfest 2014 which happens in Asheville, NC from April 23-27.
by Bill Pearis
We mentioned before that UK band CYMBALS would be coming over to play SXSW and turns out they're playing two shows in NYC this weekend before heading to Austin and both of them are free. They play an early show tonight (3/8) at Pianos. They're on at 7 PM and before them at 6 PM is Montreal's Seoul. CYMBALS also play Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (3/9) as part of the It's A School Night series with Seoul again, as well Paperwhite, Marian Hill and Lion Babe. Free with RSVP.
If you haven't checked out CYMBALS' new album, Age of Fracture, it's on the dancier side of Britpop and is not too far off from what Outfit, Hot Chip and Breton are doing. The band just released a video for New Order-ish "Erosion" and you can watch that below and stream the whole album via Rdio.
As for Seoul, the very new Montreal band are worth seeing too, making airy, crystaline pop that's funky and soulful in an '80s kind of way. I enjoyed their set at M for Montreal last year. Stream their song "Stay with Us" below.
CYMBALS' SXSW dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Sleepers Work is the alias of Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist William Flynn who has toured with St. Vincent, and has worked with Acrylics, Aufgang, and others. No Turn Before The Shoreline is the first full length release from Sleepers Work which shows off his moody, ambient R&B. The album's out March 11 via Primary Records and you can check out the lightly chopped and screwed "Catherine," and a couple other tracks in this post.
Flynn has a couple Sleepers Work shows coming up in NYC. He plays Monday (3/3) at Manhattan Inn with help from Jonah Parzen-Johnson. Austin Vaughn will also being playing a separate set, and that show is free. There's also an album release party at Bushwick's Bossa Nova Civic Club on March 11 with DJ sets from Sleepers Work, Joel Ford and SHRAF. That's free as well.
Flyers for both shows and song streams below...
Wild Beasts fourth album, Present Tense, is out today (2/25) via Domino. While decidedly more synth-heavy than anything they've done before, the record is still very much in the band's lusty, decadent universe. The album's second single, "Sweet Spot," is maybe its best song, with the signature interplay between vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming in full effect. You can stream it below. The band also recently made a mix for FACT which opens with them covering Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye" and you can stream that below too.
The band will be in the US next week, playing Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. That show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets we've got two pair to give away. Details are below.
Meanwhile, Wild Beasts will be doing an in-store set at Other Music the day before their MHOW show (Monday, 3/3) at 8 PM. That's free and open to the public. Flyer for their NYC appearances, "Sweet Spot" and FACT mix streams, as well as contest details, below...
RSVPs quickly filled up after we first announced tonight's free Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band), but we've OPENED RSVP BACK UP - HERE. Hurry up before those slots are filled up, and see you tonight! UPDATE: RSVP is now closed again.
Note: RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue.
by Klaus Kinski
Back in December I tried to hip you l'il pups to a new comedic series called "The Talk Show Series Presents..." which takes place, sporadically, in the back room of Williamsburg bar Over the Eight. (Aka the bar that used to be Royal Oak.) The series is a talk-show formatted live show featuring a revolving cast of hosts and guests. My first experience with this fantastic show was back 0n December 5 and that particular installment of the show was hosted by Bobby Tisdale and featured guests Mike Doughty, Jon Benjamin, Andy Blitz, Tim Harrington, and SNL cast member Noel Wells. The show was loose, unscripted, and unbearably fun and featured an absolutely stunning closing number by the great Mike Doughty. It was the most fun I had had in a long time, and I have been eagerly awaiting a follow up installment ever since.
And that wait is finally over! This week, the lucky few who can squeeze into the intimate back room of Over the Eight can thrill to not one but two epic installments of "The Talk Show Series Presents!" The shows, which happen on Thursday (2/27) and Friday (2/28), are titled The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW, and are both hosted by wicked famous actor Kevin Corrigan. The Thursday February 27 instalment features Janeane Garofalo, Steve Buscemi (!), music by Daniel Harnett, and a super, super, unbelievable special guest whose identity I cannot even hint at besides saying he is one of NYC's biggest political figures of all time. If you are lucky enough to be at this show, you'll be so shocked that this man is sitting just a few feet in front of you that you won't even be able to applaud; you'll be too busy processing what you are experiencing. Doors are at 7:30 PM and the show is free. Get there early.
Then On Friday (2/28), enjoy a second installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW. This time, Kevin brings guests Michael Rappaport (currently on Justified), Jonathan Ames (wordsmith, pugilist), Frederic Seaman (John Lennon's personal assistant!) and music from Mirah (who has a new LP and a headlining show in April). There's another special musical guest on the bill who I also am unable to divulge, but I believe they will be billed as "Kelly Slater Sangre". Doors are at 7:30pm and the show is free. Get there early.