So, because of said events, let’s go straight to the live music picks.
Wednesday, October 3 – The biggest show of the week, or maybe the year, decade, century, is LOVE FOR LEVON, at the IZOD Center at The Meadowlands, New Jersey! Who’s NOT on this show? Roger Waters, Bruce Hornsby, Lucinda Williams, Larry Campbell and the rest of Levon’s band, oh, just go to www.loveforlevon.com and you can get the skinny straight from the source. This show could mean the difference in the fate of The Barn’s ownership and what goes on there, i.e whether or not Midnight Rambles continue for our enjoyment, so, if you can, go! The Barn should be declared a National Historic Place and make what’s been going on there for the past 10 years permanent!
Also tonight, another huge show, in a totally different vein, JAY-Z opens the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, where his basketball team will play next season. I know you think you hate Hip Hop and Rap, but I guarantee you I could sit down and play you a couple of hours of Hip Hop and Rap that you would dig, and Jay-Z is one of the most musically sophisticated Rap artists out there. I consider him to be the Frank Sinatra of the genre, and I don’t make that comparison lightly!
Also, up in Albany, the hilarious, cutting edge, satire of MARGARET CHO will have The Egg rockin’ with laughter.
Thursday, October 4 – Up and coming ALABAMA SHAKES, who’s lead singer, Brittany Howard, has been compared to Sam Cooke and Janis Joplin, are at Terminal 5 in Manhattan.
Friday, October 5 – This week’s Pick of the Week is my new favorite band, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. Blackberry Smoke is a swirling mix of Southern Rock, Country, top notch songwriting, correct Rock & Roll imagery, and fantastic musicianship. I could listen to these guys anytime, and you should too! I’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced, and lemme tell ya, I can feel a good one comin’ on! Blackberry Smoke, the best new band of the year, so far! Check ‘em out!
Also in the city tonight, THE RAVEONETTES at Webster Hall, awesome 80’s rockin’ R&B band WHITE TRASH at Bowery Electric, LEFTOVER SALMON at The Bowery Ballroom, and LOS STRAITJACKETS at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Great shows all, and highly recommended! Not a clunker among ‘em!
Up in the Hudson Valley, the dazzling JONNY MONSTER BAND returns to The Bearsville Theater, and today is the first day of the O+ FESTIVAL in Kingston, which continues through the weekend. More info at www.opositivefestival.org.
Saturday, October 6 – JOHN LENNON BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE at Bearsville Theater.
www.bearsvilletheater.com. Downstate, 80’s anti-hero, ADAM ANT, at Best Buy Theater, FAB FAUX AT The Beacon, and LOS STRAITJACKETS at Maxwell’s in Hoboken.
Sunday, October 7 – I almost made JOHNNY HALLYDAY at The Beacon Theater my second Pick of the Week, just because he’s a legend in France and has never toured here. This is his first American performance ever! And this guy is like Elvis in France. If I was anywhere near this show, I would go just out of curiosity, if nothing else, and who knows, he just might rock your socks off!
Tuesday, October 9 – Again, I almost made PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. At The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a Pick of the week. I mean, this is Johnny Rotten’s band and they haven’t toured in around 20 years, so if for no other reason, this is worth checking out for the spectacle of it all. I know I wanna go!
Gotta run to Steve Earle at The Bardavon now. See ya next week! Have a great one!