Daily Archives: July 3, 2010

Celebrate the 4th of July with Stew and Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes.

Stew, of The Negro Problem and Passing Strange, has a lot on his plate these days, what with a new Shakespeare score being performed in Connecticut right now, a couple of musicals in the pipeline and some concert appearances. All of that is in the news section on the left side of Stew’s homepage.

Heidi Rodewald and Stew. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

For all the Stew completists who read Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?, tomorrow is the most important upcoming date. Stew is one of the “special guests” at the FREE Dan Zanes Jam & Jubilee, The Battery 4th of July Concert and Family Festival, presented by River To River in Battery Park.

Gates open at 1 p.m., with festivities kicking off an hour later. You can spend the day in Battery Park, dancing to the rhythms of La Cumbiamba eNeYe and singing along to Dan’s brand of Broadway classics! In addition to Stew, guests include spoken word poet Caridad De La Luz (La Bruja) and Joan Osborn.

You can even participate in the fun, as musicians of all ages are invited to perform 76 Trombones in a spectacular 4th of July Parade! You can download the sheet music and get detailed information on the festival website.

It should be a blast!

Victor Williams is Othello in the Shakespeare on the Sound production, with songs and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t been to Connecticut to see Othello, directed by Joanna Settle with songs and music by Stew and his longtime partner Heidi Rodewald, there’s still time.

Shakespeare on the Sound‘s Othello is performed outdoors at 7:30 nightly (except Monday) through July 11 at Baldwin Park, 100 Arch St., in Greenwich, Conn. While Stew and Heidi don’t perform live, you’ll get the full impact of their work on the recorded backing tracks and live singing by the actors. Last year Stew scored A Midsummer Night’s Dream for SotS, and is was fantastic.

Seating is on the ground around the stage, so be sure to bring blankets or low chairs (nothing that would block the view of people seated behind you) for comfort. Or if you want to go first class, you can fork over a $50 donation for a reserved seat in on of SotS’s chairs.

And why not arrive early and turn it into dinner theater! It’s a great spot for a picnic before the show. There is a concession stand selling decent food and beverages, including wine and beer.

Admission is by donation. You could walk through the gate without paying a dime, but that just wouldn’t be right. Show your support for Stew and Heidi by dropping a donation at the gate. $20 per person is suggested, but more or less is just fine.

nically free, but donations are expected at the gae.

The park is right on the Long Island Sound and within walking distance of the Metro-North station. It’s a beautiful setting, easily accessible from NYC. Click here for transit info.

A new friend: Wilson

Wilson: Is he cute or what? (Copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

This is not a pet blog, it’s a performing-arts blog. But forgive us for deviating from the usual topics for a moment.

Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? met up with a high school classmate on Thursday night. Or, rather, with her and her dog, the lovely Wilson, at Hudson Beach Cafe at 105th Street in Riverside Park.

Wilson’s mom and I knew each other in high school, but went our separate ways and only recently discovered that we were among the few to make it to the NYC area. We agreed to meet, and she asked if she could bring her dog.

I love dogs, but my lifestyle is not conducive to the proper care of a dog. So as much as I love them, I feel about dogs the way I feel about children: I love them as long as I can return them to their rightful owner at the end of the day.

Wilson is one of those dogs I’d be happy NOT to give back at the end of the day. He’s an adorable old guy (13 years old) who acts like a young dog. He’s friendly, inquisitive and intelligent. Oh, and his mom is pretty cool, too.

If you happen to run into Wilson on the Upper West Side or in Riverside Park, be sure to say hello from me!

Beach Fossils fills in at the last minute at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17

Beach Fossils at the Pier 17 Stage at South Street Seaport on Friday night, July 2. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

If not for Beach Fossils, Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? would not have made it to South Street Seaport on Friday night. But we are very glad we did.

Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils.

So the resourceful River To River Festival folks, who presented tonight’s free show at the Seaport, called the suddenly famous Dustin Payseur and his band of merry men — John Pena, Sennott Burke and Tommy Lucasto— to fill the headlining spot. And even though they’re from Brooklyn and not Texas (there’s a Texas On Tour event at the Seaport to which the show was thematically linked), they did a great job.

Beach Fossils kept the audience entranced.

The noisy but melodic young Brooklyn quartet agreed to fill in as headliner at the free show after YellowFever’s Jennifer Moore got stopped at the airport in Houston Friday morning for carrying a chef’s knife onto her NYC-bound airplane. (Her day job is in the kitchen at Rudy’s BBQ in Austin.) Although things were eventually sorted out, and Jennifer was deemed no threat to national security, all that happened too late for her to make another flight that would get her to the show on time.

Beach Fossils.

Beach Fossils played a solid set that lasted just under an hour. That’s when Dustin announced: “This is our last song. We were supposed to play longer, but we don’t have any more songs!”

Talk about truth in advertising. With only one rather new album out, it’s no surprise that the band had nothing else to play, But they left us wanting to know what comes next.

Opener Woven Bones also turned in a solid set for the slight crowd. They seemed much more on than when we saw them last month opening for The Ponys at the Mercury Lounge. Click through to the jump for more photos of Friday night’s sunset gig.

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