There’s still time to grab tickets to see Stew, the Tony Award-winning creator of Broadway’s wildest ride, “Passing Strange,” in the cabaret setting of Manhattan’s 54 Below on Friday or Saturday night.
Stew’s work speaks for itself. He’s created a great deal of thoughtful, memorable, and provocative songs for theater, with “Passing Strange” and other shows, and for clubs as a solo performer and with his band, The Negro Problem.
He’s been a favorite of mine for 15 years. His “New Stew Review” promises a preview of upcoming shows, along with old favorites. If experience is any guide, he’ll offer plenty of surprises.
A trip to 54 Below, in the cellar of Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, Manhattan, can be a bit pricey. But Stew is worth it. Tickets for his shows, which start at 8 p.m., are $40-55, plus a $25 per person minimum. But use the code PUBLIC54 to get a reasonable discount.
Tickets and more information are available here.
Check out the video of Stew and co-creator Heidi Rodewald after the jump.
If you haven’t seen Mission of Burma lately, you don’t know what a great thing you’ll be missing if you aren’t at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday night. These guys still know how to raise the roof.
They did two amazing shows for the farewell series at Maxwell’s. I’m not sure they can top those shows, but odds are they’ll try really hard to do just that.
As an added bonus, the always wonderful Speed the Plough will open the show.
So go. And arrive early, in time to sample the craft beer and have plenty of time to settle in for STP and MOB.
Tickets appear to be available. They are $25, and worth it. Click here to buy: http://ow.ly/tmx9E
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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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Pete Seeger onstage at a 2009 rally in Memorial Park, Nyack, N.Y. (© 2009, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
Pete Seeger is dead.
The legendary musician, environmentalist, and activist, a longtime resident of Beacon, N.Y., died Monday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, The New York Times reports.
His death comes six months after his wife, Toshi, died just short of their 70th wedding anniversary.
He continued to work after Toshi’s death, appearing in September at a Farm Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, reports Peter Kramer of The Journal News in a wonderful obituary posted on lohud.com. (Be sure to check out the great video on lohud.com, including this raw footage of a rambling interview at Seeger’s Beacon home. Continue reading
The hoi polloi weren’t allowed to take photos of Neutral Milk Hotel during the performance, at the artist’s request. So this image of the stage, set up for the band, is all I got. (© 2014, Steven P. Marsh)
It’s time for a confession: I never saw Jeff Mangum or his legendary band, Neutral Milk Hotel, perform back in the day.
Sure, I heard the songs then, and I’ve listened to the recordings obsessively in recent years.
But seeing Jeff’s gradual return to the spotlight at the NYC benefit for Chris Knox at 2010, and at various shows he’s done since then, I feel like I’ve gotten to know him. Continue reading
Posted in Concerts, Music, Pop and Rock, Review
Tagged A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Astra Taylor, BAM, Bang on a Can, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Capitol Theatre, Elf Power, Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Jeremy Thal, Julian Koster, Laura Carter, lullaby, Neutral Milk Hotel, Port Chester, Scott Spillane
Amelia Randall Meath and Nicholas Sanborn are Sylvan Esso.
Duo launches a short tour next week
You probably know about Mountain Man, the seemingly guileless female trio that I found particularly enchanting at the 2010 edition of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. Continue reading
Posted in Concerts, Folk, Music, News, Pop and Rock, Preview Tracks
Tagged Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Amelia Randall Meath, megafaun, Molly Erin Sarle, Mountain Man, nicholas sanborn, Rough Trade NYC, Solid Sound, Sylvan Esso
You might think that Jen Chapin simply had no choice but to become a musician.
More than most American families, hers was full of musicians.
While her dad, the late Harry Chapin, may today be the best known of the lot, he was just one of many. Harry and his brothers, Tom and Steve, performed as the Chapin Brothers long before Harry found his breakout fame as a singer and writer of songs like the enduring “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Tom Chapin remains a regular performer and the Steve Chapin Band still plays from time to time as well. (Tom’s daughters Abigail and Lily perform as The Chapin Sisters.) And her grandfather, Jim Chapin, was a big-band drummer. Continue reading
Posted in Concerts, Contemporary, Folk, Interview, Jazz, Music, News, Recordings
Tagged Harry Chapin, Jen Chapin, PledgeMusic, Reckoning, Steve Chapin, Steve Chapin Band, The Turning Point, Tom Chapin, WhyHunger