You may recognize singer-songwriter Jennifer O’Connor‘s name — perhaps for her two critically acclaimed Matador Records: Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars in 2006 and Here With Me in 2008.
Since the end of her contract with Matador, O’Connor has continued to make music, which she’s released, along with the work of other artists, on Kiam, the record label she operates.
While she continues to perform her own material — she opened for Laura Cantrell at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, last month — she says lately she’s been doing music for TV shows, movies, and commercials.
O’Connor’s also became a Rocklander, moving to Nyack from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, late in 2012.
“I really love it out here,” she tells Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? by email.
Recently, she added concert promoter to her list of vocations. She’s presenting shows in the upstairs room at Prohibition River, a bar and restaurant at 82 Main St. in Nyack. On Friday, Nov. 7, Jennifer Castle, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter, will do 2 sets, starting at 9 p.m.
The open-ended series will feature free concerts by artists — including O’Connor — from 9 p.m.to midnight, mostly on Fridays.
O’Connor says she started the series because she saw a need.
“I started booking shows at Prohibition because I think there is a need for more music (especially from touring acts) to come through town,” O’Connor says. “And it’s also proven to be a great way for me to get involved with the community — musically and just in general. It’s been a lot of fun so far.”
Here’s the schedule as of now, but O’Connor says to stay tuned for more artists to be added:
• Friday Nov. 7
Jennifer Castle (indie folkie from Toronto who’s worked with Constantines, Fucked Up)
• Friday Nov. 14
Michael Purcell Trio (jazz)
• Saturday, Nov. 22
• Friday, Dec 5
Ryan & Ryan (folk)
• Friday, Dec 14
Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf)
• Friday, Dec 26
Regret The Hour (indie rock)