The Gowanus All-Stars is comprised of 6 veterans of NYC's Alt. Country/Americana/Roots-Rock scene brought together by singer Spike Priggen to play an open-ended Monday night residency at Brooklyn's The Rock Shop (249 Fourth Avenue Brooklyn, NY). They'll be playing Honky-Tonk, Country-Rock and other Cosmic American Musics every Monday from 8-11.
I'll be in Milwaukee (!) for my 1st wedding anniversary but my fellow NYers should check this out.
"After two sold out summer soul revue-style shows in 2007, Chicago-based southern music label The Rabbit Factory, Inc. returns with a bigger and better line-up. Not since Atlantic Records foray into the American south or the golden age of soul music at the Apollo Theatre and Chicago’s Regal Theatre has the gritty sound of southern soul appeared up north with such force as with the Rabbit Factory Soul Revue. The vintage “chitlin circuit”-styled bill features classic southern soul artists performing with an eight-piece dance band, Wiley & the Checkmates, from Oxford, MS."
"The July 6th show will feature the core Rabbit Factory Soul Revue of The Checkmates performing with Herbert Wiley, the legendary Roscoe Robinson (Blind Boys of Alabama), Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson (Spooner Oldham/Muscle Shoals) and Hermon Hitson (Jimi Hendrix/Isley Brothers/Joe Tex). This line-up has been receiving rave reviews from its high profile performances at SXSW and the Ponderosa Stomp. The show itself is part of the popular JellyNYC McCarren Park Pool Party series, opening for Ronnie Spector." Sunday, July 6th... Doors at 2PM.
Etherea Records (66 Avenue A, between 4th & 5th Streets in NYC) is proud to announce the opening of "Press the Eject and Give Me the Film: The Photography of Eugene Merinov, 1977-1981." Sept 19-Dec 12, 2007
"When it comes to photographs of New York's original, hallowed punk and post-punk era, the world has justly recognized important works by Roberta Bayley, Bob Gruen, Stephanie Chernikowski, George DuBose, Godlis, Ebet Roberts, and others. Perhaps flying just under that radar, but every bit as striking and iconic, are the images captured by Eugene Merinov. From 1977-1981 Merinov similarly and tirelessly trod the boards in front of the stages at CBGB, Max's Kansas City, Hurrah, Trax, Danceteria, Irving Plaza, TR3, Maxwells, Ukrainian National Hall, Paradise Garage, The Palladium, and the original Peppermint Lounge — sanctified names, all, in the history of the local New York City scene. Merinov was there three nights a week or more to capture all the action."
I had the great pleasure of seeing Ennio Morricone Live At Radio City Music Hall this past saturday night in his first US Performance ever (!). I've never seen so many musicians and singers on a stage at the same time before (something approaching 200 I think). The renditions were very faithful to the originals. It was so amazing hearing classics like "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" with that huge orchestra and chorus. If you ever have a chance to see The Maestro live- do not miss it.
Ennio Morricone at the IMDB
Morricone entry at The World of Kane
Mondo Morricone Blog
I saw this movie at MOMA on Saturday (yesterday). It's playing again sunday (today) monday and wednesday. It's a really sweet film from Brazil (part of MOMA's Premiere Brazil! 2006), a true story about a guy who dreams of siring a successful "sertaneja" (country music) duo, and eventually does (Zezé di Camargo and Luciano, a leading Brazilian country music duo). I definitely recommend it.
2 Filhos de Francisco (Two Sons of Francisco) NY Times Review
I'm available for apartment or house sitting in the greater New York City area. If you need your plants watered, or your cat fed, I'm your guy. Will also consider dog sitting. Situations in New Jersey, Connecticut and Upstate New York as well. So if anyone out there needs some sittin' done (or know someone who does) please contact me. I'm self employed and have a very flexible schedule.