Mother Falcon onstage at Brooklyn’s Littlefield on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (© 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
Violinist Todd Reynolds to be guest on the orchestral pop band’s ‘Symphonic Sundays With Mother Falcon’ program at Joe’s Pub this Sunday
I’ll admit that I’m a little late to the party where Mother Falcon is concerned.
But I knew I’d fall in the love the minute I started checking out the orchestral pop band’s music on the recommendation of a friend — somebody who’s more often asking me for bands to check out.
Mother Falcon (Nick Gregg on mandolin) onstage at Brooklyn’s Littlefield on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (© 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
It didn’t take long for the upbeat, passionate sound to reel me right in.
But I learned at Littlefield in North Slope, Brooklyn, last night that their recordings pale in comparison to their live performances. There were 12 members of Mother Falcon (the band, always big, varies in number as I understand it) on Littlefield’s generous stage. Every one of the players obviously put heart and soul into the set. Continue reading
Posted in Contemporary Classical, Music, News, Pop and Rock, Review
Tagged Brooklyn, David Byrne, Joe's Pub, Littlefield, Mother Falcon, The Family Crest, Todd Reynolds
Cynthia Hopkins in a solo performance at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on June 17, 2014. (Photo © 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
How long has Pete’s Candy Store been a concert venue on the Northside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn?
I’ve been meaning to get thee since the day it opened, but something always got in the way — my schedule, other priorities, whatever.
So what (or should I say who) did it take to finally get me there?
Cynthia Hopkins, that’s who. Continue reading
Posted in Country, Folk, Music, Off-Broadway, Pop and Rock, Review, Singer-Songwriter, Theater
Tagged A Living Documentary, Brooklyn, Cynthia Hopkins, Gloria Deluxe, Pete's Candy Store, Williamsburg
Sharon Van Etten (Photo by Dusdin Condren)
On her new album, “Are We There,” Sharon Van Etten asks a question — though her designer left off the question mark — whose answer depends very much on who you’re asking.
I’ve been having a debate with someone about Sharon that demonstrates that there’s no clear answer to the question.
My debate partner thinks Sharon, whose first album, 2009’s Because I Was in Love, was a fairly stripped-down, singer-songwriter affair, has exhibited an increasing tendency to lean too heavily on studio tricks and production techniques, burying her voice, obscuring her lyrics, and seriously undercutting the impact of her songs. And her first impression of the new album is that it continues in that vein.
I had similar reservations at first, but now, after listening to Are We There a dozen times, I think that Sharon may have f0und her sweet spot.
Time Fite (Photo © 2009 Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
Tim Fite’s Phoney Store at the Beam Center in Brooklyn. (Photo © 2014 Steven P. Marsh)
Tim Fite‘s a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and social commentator who’s proved his humor and fluency in a number of styles, from pop, to country, to rap.
He got onto my radar back in 2008 or so when he started performing in the persona of a well-groomed, seersucker-suit-wearing, bumpkin-ish country singer. His shows in the late ’00s usually featured backup videos layered with multiple versions of himself on various harmony vocals and instruments, sometimes including a backpacker guitar.
Tim Fite with two Phoneys, the product of his latest project. (Kickstarter)
Mission of Burma at The Bell House, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 7, 2014: Roger Miller, Clint Conley and Peter Prescott. (Photos © 2014 Steven P. Marsh)
Back in February — it seems such a very long time ago — I stopped by at The Bell House in Brooklyn to catch a double bill featuring two of my favorite bands.
Speed the Plough at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 7, 2014: Ed Seifert, Toni Paruta Baumgartner, Mike Baumgartner and Cindi Merklee.
Mission of Burma and Speed the Plough both factored heavily in my experience at the late, lamented Maxwell’s in Hoboken, so it was a real joy to see them together at the Bell House, which was becoming Maxwell’s musical successor even before the lights went out in Hoboken. (And it’s no surprise, given that former Maxwell’s booker and co-owner Todd Abramson has been booking bands at the great Gowanus club for quite awhile now.)
The show was awesome, as expected. And the crowd — packed with more than a few familiar faces from Maxwell’s — was enthusiastic.
So step into my time machine and get a look at some shots from the show. If you were there, the pics will spark some good memories. If you didn’t make it, I apologize if my images make you envious.
Either way, enjoy them.
Posted in Concerts, Photo, Pop and Rock
Tagged Brooklyn, Cindi Merklee, Clint Conley, Ed Seifert, Gowanus, John Baumgartner, John Demeski, Mike Baumgartner, Mission of Burma, Peter Prescott, Roger Miller, Speed the Plough, The Bell House, Toni Paruta Baumgartner
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.
The hat was more crumpled than this at Barbès on July 25 and Stew’s energy level seemed higher than usual. (Photo © 2012, Steven P. Marsh)
By the time his latest gig in his musical living room (aka Park Slope, Brooklyn, boîte Barbès) rolled around Thursday night, July 25, singer-songwriter and Tony Award winner Stew had dumped his original staged plan to play versions of his songs from Passing Strange and other numbers from his extensive repertoire.
Instead, he launched into a tight song cycle “inspired by recent events.” In other words, songs about George Zimmerman and the Trayvon Martin case. If yoy don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s time to get out from under that rock where you’ve been living and catch up on the news!
If you’re a Passing Strange fan who passed on the show for one reason or another and are thinking now that this make you feel OK about missing, hold that thought. I’m here to tell you differently. Continue reading
Posted in Concerts, Jazz, Music, Pop and Rock, RIP
Tagged BAM, Barbès, Brian Drye, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Drye & Drye, Heidi Rodewald, Howard Drye, Joanna Settle, Mike McGinnis, Park Slope, Passing Strange, sexy, Sexy Brooklyn Mommy, Stew, The Negro Problem