Daily Archives: June 19, 2009

Doveman at (Le) Poisson Rouge

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Doveman's Thomas Bartlett at (Le) Poisson Rouge's grand piano on June 18. (All photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Doveman, the band alter ego of pianist and singer Thomas Bartlett, always surprises.

In part the surprise comes from the band’s constantly changing lineup of musicians. And there’s always surprise in Bartlett’s decliately fractured Doveman songs.

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Aaron Dessner, Oren Bloedow, Sam Amidon and Bryce Dessner.

The show at (Le) Poisson Rouge last night was billed as “Doveman with Sam Amidon and members of The National.”

Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly

Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly

As it turned out, the unnamed members of The National (the Brooklyn art-rock band with which Bartlett sometimes plays) were guitarists Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner and drummer Bryan Devendorf — in other words, three-fifths of The National. But Thomas got help from even more players — Nico Muhly, Oren Bloedow of Elysian Fields, Sam and singer Dawn Landes —  to the point that he declared the ensemble the largest version of Doveman to ever appear onstage.

Doveman played a splendind set, mixing favorites like “Honey” with new songs from the upcoming album (click here for Doveman news from Brassland, the band’s record label). The band closed the set with pretty rocking cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’. The crowd, which was peppered with celebrities such as Josh Ritter and Justin Bond, reacted enthusiastically to every song.

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Jonathan Richman — night 2!

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Jonathan Richman at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on June 17, 2009. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Here are a few shots, and a video, from Jonathan Richman‘s show on Wednesday night, June 17, at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

Tommy Larkins and Jonathan Richman. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Tommy Larkins and Jonathan Richman. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

The energy level was distinctly different than the night before. Even Jonathan admitted toward the end of the show that something wasn’t right, something was missing. (Jonathan mixes up the set every  time he plays, and doesn’t use a set list.)

But he fixed it by playing “Springtime in New York” as his parting tune.

Here’s a video I shot of Jonathan performing “Girlfriend” at the show: