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 amy 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 cocreator Heidi Rodewald after the jump.
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
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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
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Tagged Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Amelia Randall Meath, megafaun, Molly Erin Sarle, Mountain Man, nicholas sanborn, Rough Trade NYC, Solid Sound, Sylvan Esso
Curtain call for “Jherek Bischoff Composed” at St. Ann’s Warehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (© 2014 Steven P. Marsh)
Surrounded by some of the greatest singers and performers at work today, DIY musician Jherek Bischoff managed to remain composed Wednesday night at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood.
Good thing, too, since his two-night stand at the black box arts center is titled “Jherek Bischoff Composed,” which also is the title of Bischoff’s 2012 album whose works anchor the show. Before you read further, let me tell you now that you really should attend this show. Continue reading
Yo La Tengo started with a quiet set in front of some tree props. (Photos © 2013, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
In apparent confirmation of the notion that its annual, eight-night Hanukkah concerts died along with Maxwell’s, the Hoboken music club, Yo La Tengo skipped performing during the Festival of Lights this year. But the Hoboken-based band did manage to pull together a four-night, end-of-year run at The Bell House in Brooklyn over the weekend.
Never forget your roots.
Sunday night’s show was all YLT, all the time. It didn’t have the special attraction of guest artists and comedians opening for and playing with YLT’s Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew. But it was a splendid way to wrap up the year anyway.
On Sunday, YLT opened with a set of quiet versions of songs, largely from this year’s album, “Fade.” For the second set, they cut loose, rocking out on a huge set of songs.
Joe Puleo on Farfisa.
Oh, and I’m slightly wrong about the “no guest artists” thing. The band’s longtime tour manager and man-about-town Joe Puleo joined them on Farfisa for one number. I guess that counts.
A huge tech and front-of-house sound area kept things running smoothly and quickly.
Enjoy more photos after the jump.
Santa joins Puss ‘n’ Boots and guest for the onstage finale at The Bell House. (All photos © 2013 Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
(Oh, yeah, and Norah Jones is pregnant)
I remember my first time with Puss ‘n’ Boots — the supergroup comprising Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper. It was January 2010, when they were part of a Doveman and Friends show at the Mercury Lounge.
There’s no doubt about it, Norah Jones is pregnant.
They seemed like they were having a lot of fun that night, but they were crazy sloppy, stumbling, playing in different keys, and generally just seeming a little too loose. But it was nice to see Norah, especially, in one of her many side projects where she isn’t the “star,” but just a player.
As always, Puss ‘n’ Boots didn’t spare the vagina jokes, especially when Catherine Popper sat down to play in her very short dress.
I’ve seen them a couple times since then, and my impression was the same: fun but too sloppy.
I expected more of the same from the 2013 Puss ‘n’ Boots Xmas Spectacular at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Wednesday night. I almost skipped it because I wasn’t expecting a particularly good show, but figured that with their special guests it would at least be a festive diversion.
The ladies of Puss ‘n’ Boots know how to throw a holiday party.
Check out more photos after the jump. Continue reading
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I’ll be at the new BRIC House tonight to check out Stew’s Listening Party, a work-in-progress show.
Interestingly, this was originally billed as Stew and Heidi’s Listening Party, and was supposed to be a collaboration with his longtime collaborator Heidi Rodewald. But her name has disappeared from the program.
I haven’t heard reports from last night’s premiere, but I’m sure it was a trip. I’m booked at the7:30 pm show, which originally was scheduled to he the second andfinal gig. However, another show was added at 10 pm.
So if you got shut out before, you may be able to get tickets for tonight’s late
show by tapping here.
I’ll try to get take some photos and post them here later.
Revealing interview comes ahead of Hudson Valley premiere of his Whitecaps On The Hudson album Friday at The Turning Point
Block, a longtime Hudson Valley resident,
will be doing his first Hudson Valley concert in ages at The
Turning Point in Piermont on Friday, Sept. 27. It’ll be the first
time he and his band have played the songs from his latest album,
Whitecaps On The Hudson, in a Hudson River venue. He sat down with
me for a candid discussion of his comeback and his music for
lohud.com/The Journal News. Read
the full interview here.
Friday’s show starts at 8:30 p.m., with doors at 7:30, at The
Turning Point Cafe, 468 Piermont Ave., Piermont. Tickets
are $15 and available by clicking or tapping here. Visit
The Turning Point wesbsite or call 845-359-1089 for more
I was expecting a good show from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion on Tuesday night. But what I and a criminally
small audience gotvat the Mercury Lounge was a sweet, spot on show that focused on songs
from their new Jeff Tweedy/Patrick Sansone-produced album
While focusing on the news material — which sounds fantastic live, with the super-tight band supporting the lovely married couple — the show didn’t scrimp on older songs.
They even went a bit further afield, throwing in a cover of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.”
They closed by getting off the stage to do a couple of closing numbers, including the lovely “When the Lilacs Are in Bloom.”
The Melodic opened the early show with a nicely textured, Nick Drake-influenced set.
Timing really is everything. If Tommy Keene’s new album had been ready just two months sooner, he would have been touring in July.
And if Keene — one of the iconic guitarist and shockingly overlooked songwriters of ‘80s indie rock — had been touring in July, he surely would have been on the schedule to play at Maxwell’s during the Hoboken music club’s final days.
“It’s too bad my tour was a little later, or I might have tried to get on one of those last shows. We played there [Maxwell’s] quite a bit,” Keene told Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? recently by phone.
“I used to read the New York Rocker in the early ‘80s, like ‘81, and I used to read all about this place. And it seemed like this secret, special, VIP kind of place that people would go to,” he recalled.
It’s too bad, because the classic Keene-penned tune “Places That Are Gone” would have been a fitting tribute to Maxwell’s final days.