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NYC Concert Recommendations

Lot’s of good stuff in the coming weeks. I’ll try to update this list regularly. Sunday 1/19 Kristin Andreassen Writer’s Night @ Jalopy Tons of writers of both prose and song, plus visual artists. I’ll be in the house band. Wednesday 1/22 Brad Mehldau + Mark Giuliana @ Highline Ballroom Smokey’s Roundup @ Sonny’s Bar [...]

Friday, January 4th T.H.E.M. feat. Hannah Read, Jefferson Hammer @ Pete’s Candy Store Hannah Read bring Scottish fiddle and vocalsDonation Saturday, January 5th Steph Jenkins, Michaela Anne, and Alex Battles @ Jalopy Three great songwriters in a rare triple bill. $10 Lake Street Dive @ Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 (SOLD OUT) Chances are fair [...]

First of all, HEY! I have gigs this week! In New York! Don’t ask me how it happened. They’re all really cool and I wouldn’t say that about just anything… Tuesday Gaslight Revival Presents Singin’ with the Sheriff 60′s sing-a-long @ ZirZamin The first of a biweekly series – bring your voice and sing along [...]

Just got back from an extended trip to New Orleans and Lafayette. Of course there was great music everywhere and tons of great food (mostly pork based). I sat in at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with the Red Stick Ramblers

  The magical Winter Jazz Fest is upon us once again, and with two days and five venues, it’s impossible to see everything there is to see. One of the best parts of the festival is discovering new music, often by accident, but just in case you don’t know where to begin, here are my [...]

The second half of this summer went by so quick that I haven’t had a spare second to update this site. Finally I’m settled in and will really try hard to keep up with concert recommendations. When I left off, I was about to start a huge trip. That ended up being an incredible cross [...]

Tuesday Margaret Glaspy @ Pete’s Candy Store Spellbinding singer/songwriter. “The Greatest Singer in the World” according to Matt Glaser. 8pm Free Seabrook Power Plant and the inBetweens @ Cameo Bar Seabrook Power Plant creates a deafening blend of post modern jazz, heavy metal, and banjo. One of the weirdest and most favorite things I’ve ever [...]

Sorry I’m a little late on this, but I’ve been traveling. Luckily a friend of mine inspired me to post anyway! None of this week’s featured shows are cheap, but I strongly believe they’re well worth shelling out the money. And if you know how cheap I am, that means a lot! Tuesday-Sunday Maria Schneider [...]

Before I get into this week’s picks, I just want to talk about the experience that was the Search & Restore Benefit concert last night. 23 Artists donated their time to create something that was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The music was so full of life and completely in the moment. I cried when Andrew [...]

Tuesday Peter and the Wolf, Spirit Family Reunion @ House Concert – Brooklyn Folksy-Indie Rock in a great intimate setting. Email me for more info. 9PM $8 Suggested Donation AfroCubism “The original idea for the Buena Vista Social Club” @ Town Hall (Afro-Cuban) The original idea for the Buena Vista Social Club, with Cuban singer/guitarist [...]

Leah Seigel from Firehorse I’m really excited to finally be coming back to NYC this week! And its a great week to be back with so much amazing music happening! Wednesday Alan Hampton’s Parts and Pieces @ Cornelia St. Cafe (singer/songwriter/jazz) Alan Hampton, Gretchen Parlato, Jason Moran, Dayna Stephens. Four of my absolute favorite musicians [...]

Nationwide Concert Recommendations for the week of 9/14-9/20 NYC Wednesday Kristin Andreassen hosts residency @ Banjo Jims (Alphabet City) featuring the Pearly Snaps (old time) Expect tons of special guests and a rare nyc performance by the amazing Pearly Snaps. 10PM Free Friday The Sweetback Sisters @ Joe’s Pub (Astor Place) (country) Awesome Brooklyn Based [...]

NYC (And Nationwide) Concert Recommendations for the week of 9/7-9/13 For the next few weeks I’ve decided to highlight a few concerts around the nation I’m either attending thanks to AYCJ or at least seriously considered attending. NYC Concert Recommendations Tuesday-Sunday Brian Blade Fellowship @ Village Vanguard (West Village) (Jazz/Rock) One of my all time [...]

Tuesday Michael Daves @ Rockwood Stage 1 10pm Alan Hampton @ Rockwood Stage 1 11pm Wednesday Uncle Earl @ Banjo Jims 10pm-12am Miguel Zenon @ Jazz Gallery 9pm and 10:30pm Friday Rumblefoot @ Rockwood Stage 1 – Midnight

Its an expectedly quiet week (even Rockwood is closed on Friday and Saturday!) but there is still tons of great music before the holidays. Tuesday Lake Street Dive @ Rockwood Stage 1 Boston has a knack for turning out tons of great bands like this – folk roots but with an indie twist. 9PM FREE [...]

Week 2 of the Carefusion Jazz Fest, Bang on a Can Marathon, and more! Tuesday Aoife O’Donnovan Band @ Rockwood Stage 1 (Folk/Rock) Electric Band featuring Ryan Scott. Stick around for Michael Daves at 10. 8PM Free Bob Reynolds Quartet @ 55 Bar (jazz) Amazing tenor player who currently tours in John Mayer’s band. Feat. [...]

Tuesday Erik Friedlander’s Broken Arm Trio feat. Doug Wamble @ the Stone (LES) (Jazz) Erik Friedlander (cello) Doug Wamble (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Mike Sarin (drums) 8PM $10 Thursday Railroad Earth @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise (Jam) Bluegrass-Jamband RRE has been crafting fine songs for 10+ years now. Plus, this is on a boat! Bobby [...]

Tuesday Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Stage 1 (LES) (Singer/Songwriter) 8PM FREE Michael Daves @ Rockwood Stage 1 (LES) (Bluegrass) 10PM FREE Wednesday Norah Jones @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Brooklyn) (Singer/Songwriter) 8PM FREE Thursday Eric Alexander @ Ibiza Lounge 220 W 242nd St (Riverdale, Bronx) (Jazz) 8PM and 10PM $10 Saturday-Sunday Undead Jazz Fest (Village) (Jazz) [...]

Wednesday Trampled By Turtles @ Mercury Lounge (LES) (Acoustic) Really fun cocaine-punk-grass. Would be my new favorite thing if it weren’t for an ostentatious electric bass on the recording. But who knows? Fingers crossed for upright. $10 Thursday Donny McCaslin Trio @ 55 Bar (Village) (Jazz) Saxophone-Madness. 10PM $12 Friday Pete Robbins’ Silent Z + [...]

Monday My Name Is John Michael @ Mercury Lounge (Lower East Side) (indie) Great NOLA based indie rock with a definitive New Orleans flavor. 7:30PM $10 Monday ELM Featuring Esperanza Spalding, and the Joe Lovano Quartet (Also feat. Esperanza Spalding) @ Rosie O’Grady’s (Times Square) (jazz) Two great groups for a good price (although more [...]

For music lovers there can be no better place to be in the summertime than New York. Any given day leaves you with tons of free options for live music in beautiful outdoor settings. This is just a tiny sliver of all the music happening in the city this summer. I’ll try to update it [...]

Tuesday, May 7th Michael Daves with Chris Eldridge at Rockwood Stage 1 Two of the finest bluegrass guitar players in the world play duo on this rare occasion. 10pm Free. New Open Mic at Jalopy 9pm Great place to try out new songs or just hear some great songwriters. Unlike 90% of the open mics in [...]

Wednesday March 6th Grant Gordy and Ross Martin @ ZirZamin Two amazing guitar pickers – Grant (David Grisman Quintet) a recent transplant, and Ross who’s reputation has been know for a while now. 7:30pm $7 suggested donation Annie and the Beekeepers @ Mercury Lounge My best find at the Folk Alliance in Toronto – this [...]

Tuesday, Feb 12 The Sweetback Sisters @ Jalopy Real hard hitting classic country. 2 sets. $15 Marco Benevento presents the music of James Booker @ Brooklyn Bowl Straight from NOLA. If you’re looking for a Mardi Gras type thing for tonight, this is it. Wednesday, Feb 13 The Broken Stares @ Sycamore This is my [...]