I have a pretty busy day ahead of me, and I’m gonna try to go to the Artists Benefit for Flood Relief Concert tonight, so I’m gonna get right to my live music picks for this week.
Thursday, Sept. 22 – Tonight starts a two day run for WILCO in Central Park in Manhattan, which, of course, concludes Friday. This is a great place to see these very influential alt-country rockers.
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Hardscrabble Day in Red Hook will feature a free live concert by the master of sacred steel, ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND. This is an amazing band to have at this event, and for free? You can’t not go. But if you can not go, but you still want to go out? SOULSVILLE SOCIAL CLUB is doing their last gig for awhile at Keegan Ale in Kingston. This one’s also free and these guys are the finest Motown/ Stax tribute band I’ve seen lately. They keep getting better!
Sunday, Sept. 25 – CHUCK MEAD continues the second of three Sunday nights at The Rodeo Bar in Manhattan. Another free show. See last week’s column for more on Chuck (posted online at www.thetownsman.com and www.reservoirmusiccenter.com). Tonight also starts a two day run for THE RACONTEURS at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. These guys will probably rock as good, or better, than Jack White’s last band, The White Stripes.
Monday, Sept. 26 – Second day of The Raconteurs. Also first day of THE ZOMBIES two day engagement at The City Winery in Manhattan. This is the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour and they have The Strawbs opening up for them on most of the dates. A whole bunch of other choices tonight, if you happen to be in Manhattan, RAY LAMONTAGNE is in Central Park at Rumsey Playfield, FOO FIGHTERS are at the IZOD Center in New Jersey (the old Continental Airlines Arena at The Meadowlands), possibly with Social Distortion opening, and in our neck of the woods, the great BRUCE KATZ brings his fine band into The Bearsville Theater for Gary McKeever’s Monday Night Live series, also a free show.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 – The inimitable PRIMUS bring their Frank Zappa influenced crazy-rock to The Palace Theater in Albany. These guys are masters of their instruments, great songwriters, and very funny, as evidenced by their most famous composition, the South Park Theme!
Well, it seems like this might be the best week for free live music yet. We’ve got not one, not two, not three, but four, not good, but great shows this week. Hope to see you out there!