NYC Live Events Calendar 11/8-12/3/07
This week there’s a cool art show and a lot of live bands. Never been to the place where your favorite band happens to be playing this week? Click on Venues, to your right under Categories for the club’s website, subway directions and general info.
Here’s an art show that ends Sat Nov 10 so this is your last chance to see it: If you need an emotional lift and/or happen to be in Chelsea’s art district this weekend, check out Guenter Werner’s “Ballet” at the Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 West 24th (between 10th and 11th Aves). Werner will activate your humor while broadening your concept considerally about the definition of “painting.” Lively color and inventive media are this experience’s active ingredients. Not for (or perhaps a salve for) the nihilist: Nietszche does not seem to have been an influence.
Thurs Nov 8 Dina Dean plays solo at Rockwood, 7 PM, early. One of the great rock storytellers of our time, a fan of the underdog and the down-and-out, a hardcore Elvis Presley fan and an interesting lefty guitarist with an understatedly good voice. Somebody you should see sometime.
Then right afterward Thurs Nov 8 amazing noir instrumentalists Big Lazy make a triumphant homecoming from their Midwestern tour at the Mercury, 8:30 PM, adv tix recommended because the Legendary Shack Shakers are opening.
Thurs Nov 8 Al Stewart – who 40 years ago was one of Britain’s best acoustic rock guitarists, believe it or not – plays an acoustic duo show at the Cutting Room, 7:30 PM. No idea what he’s been up to since the 80s, but he’s got a great back catalog of songs. Save my soul, river of darkness over me.
Fri Nov 9 Delta Dreambox plays Barbes, 8 PM opening for Balkan brass band Zagnut Orkestar
Also Fri and Sat Nov 9 and 10 The Flail – a bunch of A-list European jazz guys notable for their originals – record a live album at Small’s, 10 PM
Also Fri Nov 9 boisterous, improvisational Brooklyn bluegrass cats Citigrass play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
Also Fri Nov 9 legendary NYC faux-French garage rockers Les Sans Culottes return to where it all started, Freddy’s at midnight. Moist Gina from Moisturizer adds gorgeously melodic basslines to the mix.
Sat Nov 10: Helen Adam was this witchy Scottish poet with lots of supernatural lyrics. Supposedly she did these long songs while dancing around a la Isadora Duncan when she was performing. Tonight 6-8 PM it’s Helen Adam Praise Day at the Bowery Poetry Club to celebrate the publication of A Helen Adam Reader edited with notes and an introduction by Kristin Prevallet, featuring musical and spoken word interpretations by Bowery main man Bob Holman, Vito Ricci, A Brief View of the Hudson, Lee Ann Brown, Nada Gordon, ex-Vole frontwoman Lisa Jarnot, Kristin Prevallet, Gary Glazner and last but hardly least Maynard and the Musties bandleader Joe Maynard
Sat Nov 10 another soon-to-be-legendary NYC faux-French band, the lush, romantic, actually very funny Les Chauds Lapins play Barbes, 8 PM.
Sat Nov 10, 8 PM the Dastan Ensemble plays Persian classical music at Symphony Space, tix available at the World Music Institute (click on Venues to your right and scroll down for detailed info). This pan-Asian, string-driven classical group rode to fame on their Silk Road albums and put on a lush, truly transcendent show.
Also Sat Nov 10 Laura Cantrell, who might still be New York’s best country singer a few years after she became the excellent Americana rock singer that she probably always was but never told anybody, plays the Mercury early, 8 PM. She’s been busy with the kid, hasn’t played a show in a long time, this will sell out, get your advance tix fast. She’s undiminished and can still give you chills.
Also Sat Nov 10 dark, slinky groove/shoegaze trio El Jezel with their sometimes quirky, sometimes spooky guy/girl vocals plays 208 Studios in Dumbo, 135 Plymouth Street, Suite 208, F to York St., 11 PM, free as part of a Kurt Vonnegut tribute night. Don’t worry, they’ll get a full set onstage.
Also Sat Nov 10 if you still can’t get enough of Delta Dreambox, they’re opening for the authentically retro but lately painfully precious Cangelosi Cards at Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM
Nov 11 is Sunday which means it’s residency day: everybody who has a weekly show in New York these days does it on a Sunday, for the most part, partly because residencies stretch a band’s audience, and that’s the only contingent a bar can expect for somebody who plays every week (new arrivals in New York either can’t afford to go out, or have plenty of money but no interest in anything other than television, fashion and celebrities). Kudos to Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers for keeping up their weekly 9 PMish Sunday country music show at Hank’s, and to guitarist Matt Munisteri and Jon Kellso for their weekly jazz jam starting around 7 at the Ear Inn.
Sun Nov 11 speaking of authentically retro, the Moonlighters play Rose Bar in Williamsburg at 8 PM
Also Sun Nov 11 charming harmony-driven Pan-American stylists Las Rubias del Norte play backed by the Parker String Quartet at Barbes, 9 PM. How they’re going to fit all those musicians in the back room is something of a mystery: get there very early because they’re take up half the room.
Mon Nov 12 British semi-sensations the Pipettes play the Gramercy Theatre, 10ish, adv tix available at the Irving Plaza box office. Their shtick is that they’re foul-mouthed cockney gangster girls doing early 60 style American girl-group music. No idea how well the music is live, but they probably put on a good show.
Also Mon Nov 12 Chicha Libre – who sound almost identical to Finnish surf rockers Laika & the Cosmonauts, even though they play Peruvian dance instrumentals from the early 1970s – are back at Barbes, 9:30 PM. As is Rev. Vince Anderson at Black Betty an hour later. You can catch both acts if you bolt for Williamsburg (and the G train is running) at the end of Chicha Libre’s set.
Tues Nov 13 the versatile, excellent violinist-composer Jenny Scheinman plays one of her increasingly more frequent shows at Barbes, 7 PM
Also Tues Nov 13 the 2 Man Gentleman Band – just ukelele and washboard – play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Not sure how well you’ll be able to hear them in this room, but they totally nail the retro hokum stuff they do and they’re funny.
Thurs Nov 15 the Ventures play B.B. King’s, 8 PM adv tix avail $35 and worth it. Bob Bogle and Don Wilson are still at it after all these years. The Ventures rank with the Beatles, the Stones and the Clash as one of the most important rock bands ever. They didn’t invent surf music but they had more surf hits than anybody else and this configuration of the band still plays with virtuosity and twangy intensity.
Also Thurs Nov 15 charmingly smart, nonchalant, imagistic songwriter Kirsten Williams plays with the killer Andy Mattina on bass at Bar on A in the East Village, 9 PM
Fri Nov 16 at 9 PM Bliss Blood’s excellent acoustic delta blues band Delta Dreambox is at Banjo Jim’s
Also Fri Nov 16 the Sloe Guns play an acoustic set at the Baggot Inn, 9:30 PM. Acoustic sets are usually a snoozathon, but these highway rockers’ songs are strong enough to stand on their own without juice: tonight the electricity will be the quiet kind. Their newer material in particular has a resonance and a sometimes dark intensity, and it’ll be interesting to see how lead guitarist Mick Izzo – one of the best axemen in rock – adjusts to the acoustic setup.
Also Fri Nov 16, Yo La Tengo plays the sonically much improved former Northsix space now known as the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 11ish, advance tix required and available M-F 5-7 PM at the Mercury Lounge box office. I don’t care how weird or soundtracky or pop Yo La have become since the turn of the century – they still have the potential to pull out the most amazing noise jam you’ve ever heard.
Sat Nov 17, legendary Howlin Wolf lead guitarist Hubert Sumlin plays 2 sets, 7 and 9 PM at Terra Blues on Bleecker. Sumlin was just as important to the Wolf’s sound as the Wolf himself. And he was Jimi Hendrix’ favorite guitarist. Caveat: he’s been sick, and he’s also been known to get hammered before shows to the point where he’s completely unable to play.
Sat Nov 17 Love Camp 7 play their dazzling, hypnotic, completely unpredictable but authentically 60s psychedelia at the Parkside, early, 8 PM, still time to get to Randi Russo’s show afterward if you’re going.
Also Sat Nov 17 Randi Russo and her band storm into Sidewalk, 10 PM. The band has never been darker or more haunting, Russo has never sung better or written better than she has lately. Her best songs remain the frequently macabre outsider anthems that are her stock in trade, but she’s incredibly diverse, ranging from garage to punk to minimalist, creepy Smog/Eels songwriting. When these guys and girl are at the top of their game, there’s no better live band in NYC, a reason to seek them out even at this dump.
Also Sat Nov 17 it’s Ellen & Jamie’s going-away party at Hank’s, all night, probably starts around 8. Jamie will probably play with at least one of his bands (I’m guessing punk rockers Brunch of the Living Dead) in what will essentially be a farewell show. Which is really too bad. Jamie was CBGB’s longtime soundman, a true professional and one of the real good guys in the NYC scene. As a booking agent, his wife Ellen with her good taste, imagination and warmhearted spirit always created a vital scene wherever she went, this place included. New York’s loss is someone else’s gain, bigtime.
Also Sat Nov 17 the Moonlighters bring their retro-ness to Barbes, 10 PM, you know the drill by now, early early early.
Also Sat Nov 17 Jeru the Damaja plays the Knit, 10ish. One of the few remaining A-list hip-hop lyricists from the early 90s who still performs regularly. He managed to straddle both the gangsta and conscious worlds without losing cred with either. Caveat: this being the Knit, and a hip-hop show, security may not have their happy faces on.
Sun Nov 18 the Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Rimsky-Korsakov’s Easter Overture, pieces by Bruch and a world premiere by Lam and Richard Strauss’ greatest work, the beautifully ambient Death and Transfiguration at 3 PM for only $15 at Washington Irving HS, Irving Place/16th St. This is arguably the best classical concert deal in New York, and the sound in the venue is actually fine. Impossible to imagine a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon recovering from whatever happened the night before.
Also Sun Nov 18, 9 PM LES expat Jenifer Jackson plays a rare NYC show with Roland Satterwhite on violin and Elysian Fields axeman Oren Bloedow on guitar at the Rockwood. Her most recent album The Outskirts of a Giant Town is arguably the best album of 2007, a lush, brilliantly psychedelic, jazz-inflected, melancholy masterpiece.
Mon Nov 19 Shonen Knife play the Gramercy Theatre, time TBA, adv tix available at the Irving Plaza box office. Can you imagine, the Japanese B-52’s have actually been together over 20 years now and are probably still singing about boys and candy bars in their fractured English. Maybe they’ve even learned to play their instruments in the process: could have happened. And you know what, so many of those songs are such fun.
Also Mon Nov 19 Chicha Libre play their weirdly, intoxicatingly danceable Peruvian surf stuff at Barbes, 9:30 PM, and an hour later Rev. Vince Anderson does his even more intense groove-driven gospel show at Black Betty.
Fri Nov 23 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play authentically spirited surf classics and obscurities along with instrumental versions of 60s hits at Lakeside, 11 PM
Sat Nov 24 sprawling harmonica-driven, bacchanalian, intense pan-global improvisers Hazmat Modine open for the ultimate Far Asian psychedelic musical experience, throat singers Huun-huur-tu at Symphony Space, 8 PM, adv tix available at the World Music Institute (click on Venues to your right, under Categories, then scroll down to Symphony Space to find box office hours and directions.
Sun Nov 25 gypsy guitar genius Stephane Wrembel is back at his usual spot, Barbes at 9 PM
Also Sun Nov 25 NY expat Leslie Nuss plays a rare NYC date at Banjo Jim’s, time TBA. Superb, diverse songwriter and lefty guitarist equally adept at Beatlesque songcraft, lush sensuous ballads, and fiery garage rock. And a hell of a singer too.
Tues Nov 27 Jenny Scheinman and her violin return to Barbes for an early show, 7 PM, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get there early.
Weds Nov 28 arguably one of the year’s best triple bills with literate, casually alluring janglerocker Paula Carino – a terrific and very funny live performer – at 8, then the equally clever, funny, somewhat theatrical and absolutely must-see Tom Warnick, then Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams (NYC’s bombshell jazzkitten answer to Neko Case, and just as good).
Thurs Nov 29 Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. plays Otto’s, 8 PM, 2 sets. This retro pre-rockabilly trio look exactly as if they stepped off the stage at the Ryman, 1953 and play like it, although their lyrics have a contemporary edge and sense of humor.
Also Thurs Nov 29 the Bedsit Poets bring their sweeping, pastoral Britfolk anthems, their catchy 3-minute 60s Britpop hits and gorgeous guy/girl vocals to the Bowery Poetry Club, 8:45 PM sharp.
Fri Nov 30 Jack Grace brings his boisterous, authentic 1960s style country band into Barbes, 8 PM, get there early.
Also Fri Nov 30 brilliant, utterly original art-rock keyboardist Greta Gertler plays the cd release show for her new, delightfully retro cd Edible Restaurant at Joe’s Pub at 7ish with “culinary audience participation” – assuming that means they have a menu there? The cd is amazing.
Later Fri Nov 30, 11 PM Purple K’Nif play Lakeside. They’re sort of a shambling, jangling, psychedelic 2-guitar Ohio surf band plays a mix of classic covers and originals. Their big hit seems to be called The Beer Theme and it’s good.
Fri Nov 30 and Sat Dec 1 Ween play Terminal 5 way over on W 56th St., adv tix available at the Mercury 5-7 PM Mon-Sat.
Sat Dec 1 it’s another Unsteady Freddy surf show at Otto’s with the sometimes painfully cutesy Tarantinos NYC opening, along with Blue Wave Theory, The Outpatients and Strange But Surf – among them there will no doubt be something worth dancing to here.
Sun Dec 2 Matt Keating plays downstairs at the Brooklyn Lyceum, time TBA. He looks like a skinnier Jon Papelbon and throws just as hard, lyrically speaking, even if he doesn’t dance. Ask yourself, would you want to face Matt Keating in a key situation in the 9th inning? No way in hell.
Mon Dec 3 System Noise frontwoman Sarah Mucho stars in her noir sci-fi cabaret show Subterranean Circus at the Duplex, 7 PM, this will sell out fast, adv tix available at the box office. The show – a futuristic cautionary tale – has a throwback early 80s East Village punk rock vibe. Imagination rules and rules are meant to be broken. And Mucho’s phenomenal voice might shatter your glass.