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Big day coming for Jennifer O’Connor

Jennifer O'Connor

Jennifer O’Connor

Jennifer O’Connor, the singer-songwriter and proprietor of The Kiam Records Shop in Nyack, New York, has a spectacular new album, “Surface Noise,” coming out next Friday, March 4.

That’s the same day she makes her debut at the Tarrytown Music Hall as she enters the home stretch of her tour with bad-ass indie singer-songwriter Neko Case.

I wrote about O’Connor’s album early in February, calling it “the best new album I’ve heard so far” this year. A month — and many other new albums — later and my feelings haven’t changed. It’s a great album that shows off an artist who has grown and developed a richer, more nuanced sound.

O’Connor hits Tarrytown with Case at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. A few tickets remain in the side orchestra sections at $48, and about 100 balcony tickets are still available at $38. Go here to get your tickets online. It’s a great way to give O’Connor a nice Lower Hudson Valley welcome-home, and to experience a great show. (If you can’t make it to Tarrytown, you have a chance to check out O’Connor’s full set during her official record-release show at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge on Monday, March 7, with wife Amy Bezunartea opening. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Go here for tickets, which are $12 in advance.)

Christopher Vaughan of The Journal News/lohud.com, sat down with O’Connor recently to talk about her big day. Go here to read his interview.



INTERVIEW: Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett join Orleans & Friends at Tarrytown Music Hall Friday night

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett (Photo by Emily Spires

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett (Photo by Emily Spires

Throwback Thursday’s got nothing on Friday night’s lineup at Tarrytown Music Hall.

The acoustic duo of Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, the legendary rootsy band that’s been going strong since 1969, opens the evening for New York’s own Orleans, which formed in Ithaca in 1972.

That’s four decades of rock ‘n roll!

These artists will be doing a string of shows together in the coming weeks.

The Music Hall gig is “the first show we’ve ever done with them,” Barrere tells Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? by phone from his Los Angeles-area home. “This’ll be an interesting soiree.”

“John Hall [Orleans’ frontman] and I have been swapping mp3s of different songs and stuff, and I think they’ll probably play a couple with us,” Barrere says. “Fred and I will do our usual acoustic opening set and we’ll get a little help on a couple of songs. And then they’ll do their set and we’ll probably jump in at the end of theirs. So it’ll be kinda cool.”

While the two acts haven’t played live together before, Barrere notes that he and Tackett share some history with Hall, who was a Democrat who represented the Hudson Valley’s 19th Congressional District from 2007 to 2011.

“John played on the original recording of [Little Feat’s] ‘All That You Dream,'” way back in 1910 or something like that,” Barrere says with a laugh.

Barrere and Tackett share a lot more history than that, though.

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The Machine Brings the World of Pink Floyd to Tarrytown Tonight

The Machine, one of the best Pink Floyd tribute acts around, was formed 26 years ago by Nyack’s Tahrah Cohen and Joe Pascarell.

Tahrah is still in the band, keeping the beat at the drum kit.

Check out my interview with her for lohud.com here, and then grab one of the very few remaining tickets to the band’s hometown show at the Tarrytown Music Hall on Saturday night, Nov. 8.

Procol Harum to headline two US shows

One foot in the past with an eye to the future: A recent incarnation of Procol Harum.

Call it nostalgia, because it certainly taps something deep in those formative years, but Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? finds it very hard to resist Procol Harum.

The latest in the ever-changing PH lineup is touring this year, with eight U.S. bookings so far, mostly opening for Jethro Tull. Now I liked Tull back in the day, but I always thought Procol Harum was the more seriously musical, less-gimmicky band. (After all, one of the key members of PH for many years was lyricist Keith Reid, who wrote the lyrics for every PH original, but never sang or played an instrument!) And, of course, “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” PH’s most memorable hit, is one of the most-played rock songs in history.

Vintage Procol Harum

We can debate that question forever, and I can see both sides. But my heart is with Gary Brooker (the distinctive singer and pianist, and sole original member) and crew.

I haven’t seen them since their shows at NYC’s late, lamented Bottom Line in 2003. And while the band has been touring on a regular but limited basis — more often on the Continent and in the UK than in the US, I was very tempted to book tickets for the show at Jones Beach on June 11. But for some reason, I held off.

Tarrytown Music Hall

Now I’m glad I hesitated. An email landed in my in box a few days ago announcing that Procol Harum is taking a couple of days off from opening for Tull for some headlining gigs of its own.

PH is booked for headlining dates at two venues — both on the East Coast — so far. The first is at 8 pm on June 10 at the jewelbox Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, where tickets range from $49-$75, and the other is at 7:30 pm on June 16 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., an outdoor show that features opening band Renaissance, with ticket prices from $39-$65.

A full list of Procol Harum gigs for 2010, including the Jethro Tull tour dates, can be found here, on the band’s fan site.