As most of you know, this newspaper hits the stands on Thursday every week. My deadline, however, is Friday. I usually push the envelope to the limit by handing in my copy on Monday afternoon, just in time for the printer. Barely! This allows me to cover the weekend’s events for you in a timely fashion.
So, for the issue dated 10/10/13, I was furiously typing away on Monday morning, October 7. I finished the column and was in the process of proofreading it, when the lights flashed and my internet service went out! Never lost electric, mind you, just internet, which meant that in the final seconds before sending that week’s column, I lost the ability to submit it! I was going to take my computer somewhere where there was still service, but just at that moment, the newspaper lost their service!
Okay, so that sucked, but I figured The Townsman could put a notice in the paper, and direct everybody to one of the websites where the column is usually posted Tuesday night at Midnight (technically Wednesday morning), but here’s the rub. Tuesday afternoon, the power supply for my computer crapped out, and since the battery is useless, of course, I now could not turn on my computer, meaning I could not get to the one place in the world where that week’s column was! Had I been able to send it anywhere, I could have used that email to retrieve and post the blog.
But it was not to be! I immediately ordered a new power supply, but it took a week to get here, and during that time, my computer was a paperweight! So, no column last week, ANYWHERE! Thankfully, it’s all been sorted out, and we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming.
During my computer outage, I managed to catch a bit of Ginger Baker’s last night at The Iridium in Manhattan. Ginger seemed tired and ready to finish up the night and go home, but it was still great to see the grouchy old curmudgeon in such an intimate venue. My thanks to Iridium manager, Grace Blake, for her generous hospitality and good cheer.
Now for this week’s live music picks.
Wednesday, October 23 – Although I respect BB KING immensely, I am not a huge fan, but he’s playing AT BB KING’S in Manhattan! Surely this rates as an event worth seeing, and don’t forget folks, BB recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and he may grow tired of touring someday soon. If you are a fan, you’ll probably never get a chance to see him in a more appropriate venue!
Thursday, October 24 – BLACK CROWES, fresh off a four night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, now bring their show to Terminal 5 in Manhattan for an additional four nights, starting tonight, and continuing Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, October 26, 27, and 29. This is an acoustic show, so the energy level may be down a notch from an electric Crowes show, (which, take it from me, is one of the highest around, especially if Jackie Greene is playing guitar with them), but with a group of this caliber, an acoustic show will probably be better and more rockin’, than most groups best nights, electric or otherwise! Also tonight at Lincoln Center, in the David Rubenstein Atrium, a free concert by a fantastic sacred steel group, THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS! The Campbell Brothers are one of the few groups in this tradition of using the pedal steel guitar for church music, that have taken it to the outside world (the other notable one being, of course, The Slide Brothers, who have been mentored by Robert Randolph, the genre’s biggest star). This would be a must see for me if I was in the city!
Up in the ol’ Hudson Valley, an interesting group calling themselves THE LOST LEADERS is at The Falcon in Marlboro. The band consists of bassist Byron Isaacs (Levon Helm Band), Lee Falco (Connor Kennedy Band, and for my money, easily the best young drummer in the area), and singer and composer, Peter Cole, an Afro/World Music artist who’s a big star in Africa. This should be very interesting!
BSP Lounge in Kingston continue to impress with their bookings. Tonight, a band I’m not that familiar with, KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS. I’m just going on faith here, because I trust BSP to only book good music! The fact that KV and The Violators are at Terminal 5 in the city the next night, also shows me that these guys can bring it, so, see you there!
Friday, October 25 – Slide guitar master, SONNY LANDRETH, at Iridium. This will be amazing! The room is tiny, and Sonny’s huge! He’ll probably blow the hinges off the doors! Or he might just tone it down a bit. Either way, you wanna be there! Over in Brooklyn, feminist punk icon, Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill, brings her new project, THE JULIE RUIN, to The Music Hall of Williamsburg. In Kingston, BSP is having a pre-Halloween costume party with The Mid-Hudson Misfits roller derby team! Should be a hoot!
Saturday, October 26 – The weekend’s in full swing tonight, with shows all over New York, both up and downstate! In Woodstock, The 2013 WOODSTOCK INVITATIONAL LUTHIERS SHOWCASE will feature the best acoustic instrument makers in the world, as well as continuous music all weekend, special shows at night, workshops, and other events, culminating with a show closing concert with LARRY CAMPBELL, TERESA WILLIAMS, AND FRIENDS at 5PM on Sunday. Visit www.woodstockinvitational.com for more info and a complete schedule. JOE LOUIS WALKER, who’s been busy mentoring Murali Coryell’s career, is at The Falcon in Marlboro, SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE POOR FOOLS at The Towne Crier in Beacon, and the real Halloween party at BSP in Kingston. Downstate, we’ve got THE FAB FAUX performing the music of George Harrison at The Beacon Theater, and great R n B singer, JAMES HUNTER at BB King’s! He’s the real thing folks!
Sunday, October 27 – SONNY LANDRETH pulls into The Towne Crier for a night, RYAN MONTBLEAU is at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, and the WOODSTOCK INVITATIONAL AFTER-PARTY is at The Colony Café in Woodstock!
Monday, October 28 – I’m recommending two wildly differing shows tonight, something that brings me great joy! Glam-Punk icons, THE NEW YORK DOLLS will rock Irving Plaza, and ALAN JACKSON, one of the very few current Country acts who doesn’t suck, is at Carnegie Hall. This has to be a highlight of his career, and I’m betting he’ll perform like it!
Tuesday, October 29 – All the action tonight is down in the city. THE TUBES are at BB King’s and YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND with THE FOUNDING FATHERS opening, are at Brooklyn Bowl. This will be a great Bluegrass show, and BTW, Founding Fathers is made up of former Infamous Stringduster members who didn’t dig Nashville, so it’s gonna be a goodun!
Wednesday, October 30 – Rap and cultural icons, CYPRESS HILL, are at Best Buy Theater. Hip Hop fan or not, these guys will be a blast! In Kingston, the great DUKE MCVINNIE BAND concludes their October residency at BSP Lounge.
Thursday, October 31 – Happy Halloween, and there’s two ways to have fun tonight. Three, if you count the Halloween parade in Manhattan, four if you count the Halloween parade in Woodstock, but we’ll just stick to music! PHIL LESH brings his FAMILY BAND into The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester for the first of four straight nights, concluding Sunday. At The Bearsville Theater, THE LINDSEY WEBSTER BAND celebrates Led Zeppelin with a costume party and performance!
Joining Lindsey will be her usual cohorts on keyboards and drums respectively, Keith Slattery and Dan Hickey, with three special guitarists, Myles Mancuso, Vito Petrocitto, and Matt Finck. I guess they needed three guitarists to duplicate Jimmy Page’s parts. Not surprising, since they’re triple tracked (or more) on the Led Zep records.
Alright! Hopefully, no more tech glitches. See you next week!