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July 2013 Music Calendar

July 2013 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

FESTIVALS

Celebrate Brooklyn!: One of New York City’s longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979, as a catalyst for Brooklyn’s performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn has been an anchor in the park’s revitalization and has become one of the city’s foremost summer cultural attractions. Over the course of its history Celebrate Brooklyn has presented over 1,700 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough’s diversity, ranging from internationally acclaimed performers to emerging, cutting-edge artists.

Central Park’s Summer Stage: An annual, free performing arts summer festival founded in 1986 which takes place at Rumsey Play field in Manhattan, New York City’s Central Park and, since 2010, in parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

“In a city happily inundated with summertime cultural offerings, the SummerStage festival stands alone for its dizzying array of options, its local enthusiasm, and its general aura of awe. This year spreads more than 100 free performances across 17 parks in all five boroughs.” The New York Times

Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival (New York, NY): Calling all jazz fans! The third annual Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) features some top notch jazz performers: B.B King, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo and The James Hunter Six. The festival is FREE and takes place on July 10th and 11th. – See more at: http://www.metro.us/newyork/events/lowdown-hudson-blues-festival#sthash.bUp5N2Sk.dpuf

Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival (Maplewood, NJ): Thirteen bands on Sat, Jul 13, and twelve bands on Sun, Jul 14 25 miles outside the city in Maplewood, NJ.

Music Frees All Festival 2013 (New York, NY): Now in its third year, the 2013 Music Frees All Festival will take place over three days, July 19-21, in New York City. Proceeds will go to the Scotty Hard Trust. TICKETS: http://musicfreesallfestival.bpt.me/

Pleasantville Music Festival – (Pleasantville, NY): For $15 (Seniors) and $40 (Everyone else), you can enjoy the 9th Annual Musica Festival put on by “107.1 The Peak” radio station. Ten musical acts, including Brett Dennen, Easy Star All-Stars, The Kopecky Family Band, Bobby Long, Delta Rae, Red Wanting Blue and Mary C and the Stellars and more. The gates open at 12 Noon on July 13 & 14th, 2013. Music continues until 8:30PM. The Pleasantville Music Festival is ADA accessible! TICKETS: http://www.pleasantvillemusicfestival.com/tickets.html

CONCERTS

Monday, July 1, 2013

  • (FREE!!) Dave Eggar @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($10) Alecia Chakour Band: First Mondays @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10-$15) A Decade Of Soul  Classic Soul & Motown Revue @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

  • (FREE!!) James Casey @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (FREE!!) TAUK July Residency @ Spike Hill
  • ($35-$55) Suzanne Vega – Summer Residency (w/ Full Band) @ City Winery
  • ($60-$75) Phish @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, ME

Thursday, July 4, 2013

  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay @ Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)

Friday, July 5, 2013

  • ($10) Fort Knox Five @ Brooklyn Bowl (12pm set)
  • ($15) Deep Banana Blackout @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($60-$75) Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY

Saturday, July 6, 2013

  • ($15) Deep Banana Blackout @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35-$55) 10,000 Maniacs (Album Release) @ City Winery
  • ($40) She & Him @ SummerStage – Central Park, NY
  • ($60-$75) Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY

Sunday, July 7, 2013

  • ($10) Klezmer Brunch – Ben Holmes Trio (10am)
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$55) Dave Mason @ City Winery – New York, NY
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($50) Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The McKittrick Hotel
  • ($60-$75) Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY

Monday, July 8, 2013

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($12) Now vs. Now @ The Bowery Electric
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($40) She & Him @ SummerStage – Central Park, NY
  • ($50) Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The McKittrick Hotel

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo
  • ($25-$100) Unity Tour 2013: 311 with Cypress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
  • ($50) Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The McKittrick Hotel

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

  • LOWDOWN HUDSON BLUES FESTIVAL
    • (FREE!!) B.B. King @ Brookefield Place Plaza
  • (FREE!!) Caravan of Thieves @ Parker Press Park – Woodbridge, NJ
  • ($20) The Skatalites @ Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
  • ($35-$120) Cyndi Lauper @ Beacon Theatre
  • ($35-$55) Suzanne Vega – Summer Residency (w/ Full Band) @ City Winery
  • ($50) Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The McKittrick Hotel
  • ($60) Ledisi @ Luxury Infinity Yacht
  • ($60-$75) Phish @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Thursday, July 11, 2013

  • LOWDOWN HUDSON BLUES FESTIVAL
    • (FREE!!) Los Lobos @ Brookefield Place Plaza
  • (FREE!!) TAUK July Residency @ Spike Hill
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($10) Q-Tip @ Stage 48
  • ($15-$20) Carbon Leaf @ City Winery
  • ($15-$20) Reggie Watts @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($22-$26) Buckwheat Zydeco @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($25-$35)  Sly & Robbie @ Irving Plaza powered by Klipsch
  • ($40-$105) Furthur w/ Phil Lesh @ Barclays Center
  • ($42-$53) Belle and Sebastian @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($50) Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The McKittrick Hotel

Friday, July 12, 2013

  • (FREE!!) Cheap Trick @ Seaside Summer Concert Series
  • ($18-$20) Rachael Yamagata @ Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
  • ($35-$75) Cyndi Lauper @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
  • ($40-$105) Furthur @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
  • ($50) Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The McKittrick Hotel
  • ($60-$75) Phish @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY

Saturday, July 13, 2013

  • Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival (Maplewood, NJ)
    • w/ Joan Osborne
  • ($15-$40) Pleasantville Music Festival (Pleasantville, NY)
    • Brett Dennen, Easy Star All-Stars, The Kopecky Family Band, Bobby Long, Delta Rae, Red Wanting Blue and Mary C and the Stellars and more.
  • (FREE!!) Philip Glass @ Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival
  • ($10) Wax Poetic @ Nublu
  • ($25-$100) Cypress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($35-$75) Chris Isaak @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
  • ($42) An Intimate Solo / Acoustic performance by Citizen Cope @ City Winery
  • ($50) Aerosmith, Barbecue & Craft Beer! @ Randalls Island Park

Sunday, July 14, 2013

  • Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival (Maplewood, NJ)
    • w/ Joan Osborne
  • (FREE) Tall Tall Trees @ Brooklyn Fire Proof
  • ($10) Klezmer Brunch w/ Benjy Fox-Rosen & Michsel Winograd @ City Winery
  • ($15-$40) Blues Traveler @ Empire City Casino – Yonkers, NY
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill (Eary)
  • ($42) An Intimate Solo / Acoustic performance by Citizen Cope @ City Winery

Monday, July 15, 2013

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($42) An Intimate Solo / Acoustic performance by Citizen Cope @ @ City Winery
  • ($60-$95) The Monkees @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo
  • ($42) An Intimate Solo / Acoustic performance by Citizen Cope @ City Winery
  • ($60-$95) Melissa Etheridge @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • ($22) Howie Day ($42) @ City Winery – New York, NY
  • ($30-$100) Mobb Deep @ Stage 48 – New York, NY
  • ($35) Les Paul Monday’s with Jimmy Vivino featuring The Les Paul Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club

Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • (FREE!!) TAUK July Residency @ Spike Hill
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($12) OMAHA DINER: Charlie Hunter, Steven Bernstein, Skerik & Bobby Previte @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($22) Howie Day @ City Winery
  • ($25-$30) Jars of Clay @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($35-$75) Alice Cooper @ Beacon Theatre

Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Music Frees All Festival 2013 @ The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
    • ($25) Antibalas / The Stepkids / DJ Prince Paul / Pegasus Warning
  • ($10) Brothers Past @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
  • ($10) Will Bernard @ The Blue Note – New York, NY
  • ($40-$95) Zac Brown Band @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
  • ($150-$300) Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z @ Yankee Stadium
    • ($25) Pre Party Cruise to the Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Concert @ Rocks Off River Cruise

Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • Music Frees All Festival 2013 @ The Bell House
    • ($25) Antibalas / The Stepkids / DJ Prince Paul / Pegasus Warning
  • ($20) Apollo Run w/ Krissy Krissy @ Rockwood Music Hal – New York, NY
  • ($35-$76) Hot Tuna With Special Guest Leon Russell @ State Theatre – New Brunswick, NJ
  • ($42) An Intimate Solo / Acoustic performance by Citizen Cope @ City Winery
  • ($150-$300) Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z @ Yankee Stadium
  • ($25) Pre Party Cruise to the Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Concert @ Rocks Off River Cruise

Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • Music Frees All Festival 2013 @ The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
    • ($25) Antibalas / The Stepkids / DJ Prince Paul / Pegasus Warning
  • ($10) Klezmer Brunch w/ Moshe Bonen & HaTaklitim @ City Winery – New York, NY
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($40-$55) Everclear @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
  • ($42) An Intimate Solo / Acoustic performance by Citizen Cope @ City Winery – New York, NY
  • ($58-$135) Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group @ Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY

Monday, July 22, 2013

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$40) Anders Osborne, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Soulive @ Central Park Summerstage – New York, NY
  • ($42-$50) fun. w/ special guest Tegan and Sara @ Hudson River Park – Pier 26
  • ($65) Phil Lesh w/ John Medeski @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($28-38) Xavier Rudd w/ Nahko & Medicine for the People @ City Winery – New York, NY
  • ($35-$60) Brandi Carlile @ State Theatre – New Brunswick, NJ
  • ($50) fun. with very special guests Tegan and Sara @ Hudson River Park – Pier 26
  • ($65) Phil Lesh w/ John Medeski @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

  • ($15) Allen Stone @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
  • ($15) Dragon Smoke Feat. Stanton Moore & Robert Mercurio (Galactic) Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) with Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25-$35) Dawes @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
  • ($28-38) Xavier Rudd w/ Nahko & Medicine for the People @ City Winery – New York, NY

Thursday, July 25, 2013

  • (FREE!!) Jason Gallagher (of Leroy Justice) @ Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
  • (FREE!!) Smokey Robinson @ Seaside Summer Concert Series – Brooklyn, NY
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($15) Zongo Junction @ Littlefield – Brooklyn, NY
  • ($60) Paul Weller @ The Apollo Theater – New York, NY

Friday, July 26, 2013

  • ($10) Tall Tall Trees @ Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
  • ($35-$40) The Gaslight Anthem @ Hudson River Park – Pier 26 – New York, NY
  • ($40-$85) Rock The Blues Summer Jam 2013 @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
  • ($60) Paul Weller @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
  • ($80) Americanarama Festival of Music featuring Bob Dylan & His Band / Wilco / My Morning Jacket @ Pier A – Hoboken, NJ

Saturday, July 27, 2013

  • (FREE!!) The Gaslight Anthem @ Irving Plaza – New York, NY
  • ($10) Underground Horns @ Nublu – New York, NY
  • ($35-$50) Booker T. Jones @ City Winery – New York, NY
  • ($40-$105) Americanarama Festival of Music feat. Bob Dylan and His Band + more! Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
  • ($50-$80) Robert Plant presents The Sensational Space Shifters @ Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NY
  • ($70-$160) BON JOVI Because We Can – The Tour @ MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ

Sunday, July 28, 2013

  • ($10) Klezmer Brunch w/ Paul Shapiro Ribs & Brisket Revue @ City Winery – New York, NY
  • ($15-$45) Kansas @ Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway – Yonkers, NY
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$40) The Gaslight Anthem w/ The Hold Steady @ Hudson River Park, Pier 26 – New York, NY
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($45-$95) An Evening with YES @ The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

Monday, July 29, 2013

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($15) Rebirth Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • (Free!!) Barenaked Ladies @ Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • ($22-$60) Slick Rick w/ Lifted (live band) @ Stage 48 – New York, NY
  • ($30) Ravi Coltrane @ The Iridium – New York, NY

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The Gorgeous Beacon Theater

The Gorgeous Beacon Theater

What if someone called you and told you that you could see Elton John for $9?  Would your jaw drop? Would you ask “Where’s the catch?”  Or would you just say “GET ME A TICKET!” and ask questions later?  I did all of the above.  That is what happens when you are told that tickets were on sale to see Elton John and Leon Russell at the Beacon Theater and they were on Stubhub.com for $9. UNREAL!!

John & Russell's The Union

John & Russell's The Union

Elton John and Leon Russell, both monster names in the music industry, have come together on a collaborative CD called The Union which just came out on October 19, 2010.  So, as if it couldn’t get more unreal, I spend most of the day of the performance sitting at my work desk thinking I was going to see ONLY these two perform songs from their new album and perhaps catch some oldies from each. Time for the second shock!!  This time a note telling me that the duet performance of these two had been held the day before.  My heart sinks for a minute as I thought we had purchased bunk tickets.  But no…it’s better then we could have dreamed.

The poster I bought!

The poster I bought!

Tonight I would be privileged enough to be see the T-Bone Burnett presents The Waiting For “Supeman” Edition of The Speaking Clock Revue. Joining T-Bone Burnett on stage tonight would be Elton John, Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Jeff Bridges, Karen Elson, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.  We also had Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanely, The Secret Sisters, The Punch Brothers and more. I could feel an epic night of music coming.

The Revue title had me a little confused for a moment but it was all made clear over the course of the performance. Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for “Superman” is a film that follows several students though the American public educational system and analyzes the failures within the system.  T-Bone Burnett was so moved by his viewing of the movie and its message touched him so deeply that he put together this REVUE in order to raise awareness to the issues and to the film.  The proceeds of the night went to The Participant Foundation in support of including music and arts education in public school systems.

T-Bone Burnett

T-Bone Burnett

T-Bone Burnett is a musical master.  A giant in many industries, T-Bone Burnett is a musician and songwriter but most famous as a record and soundtrack producer.  The performers on stage tonight have all been touched by him musically in some way or another.  Burnett has produced artists such as BoDeans, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Tony Bennett, The Wallflowers, k.d. lang, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.  He has won awards for Soundtracks like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Cold Mountain and Crazy Heart.  An amazing musical figure.

T-Bone Burnett presents The Waiting For “Supeman” Edition of The Speaking Clock Revue

The Big Names:

T-Bone Burnett
Elvis Costello
Gregg Allman
John Mellencamp
Elton John
Leon Russell
Jeff Bridges
Ralph Stanely
The Secret Sisters
The Punch Brothers
Karen Elson

Special Guest Appearance:

Jim James

From The Union studio sessions:

Jay Bellerose – Drums
Jackson Smith – Guitar
Dennis Crouch – Bass
Russ Paul – Pedal Steel Guitar
Marc Ribot – Guitar, Electric Mandolin
Mike Compton – Mandolin

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp

We walked into The Beacon, walked up to the top level and sat down. We were many rows away but could see the stage clearly and for $9 there was no complaining. As we walked in, I immediately recognized the voice of John Mellencamp.  Coming in at the end of the first song, I believe called “The West End,”  he continued on to tell us a story about his dying grandmother.

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp

She called him Buddy and one night, she asked him to pray with her.  As they prayed she cried: “Lord, Buddy and I are ready to go.”John said, but Grandma, I’m not ready to die.  Her response: “Life is short, even in its longest days.”  And with that, Mellencamp goes into his popular tune “Longest Days”.  The song’s lyrics, that at this moment speaks to me so deeply.  Beautiful lyrics and Mellencamp, alone with his guitar and his voice sang it beautifully into our ears.

Seems like once upon a time ago / I was where I was supposed to be / My vision was true and my heart was too / There was no end to what I could dream ~ John Mellencamp

Elvis Costello - MC for the night

Elvis Costello - MC for the night

He walked off the stage and it took me only a second to realize that Elvis Costello, in that signature hat, had walked out to replace him and greet the audience. Elvis Costello would be our MC for the night.  He immediately welcomed to the stage The Secret Sisters.

The Secret Sisters

The Secret Sisters

These two raven haired ladies with their bright red lips bust out into the purest version of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” that I had ever heard.  Their voices were golden. Angelic.  I was awe struck within the first few notes and as I hear my girlfriend to my right take in a gasping breath, I knew the notes were hitting her ears the same way as they were hitting mine.  Simply magnificent voices.

There is something that must be said about a singing duo of blood relatives.  Similar to the Avett Brothers, they have hauntingly beautiful and pure tones, their voices melting together unlike any other group I can recall. Jackson Smith, the son of rockers Patti Smith and Fred (Sonic) Smith, wailed around on his guitar.

The Secret Sisters + Punch Brothers + some

The Secret Sisters + Punch Brothers + some

Secret Sisters & Punch Brothers

Secret Sisters & Punch Brothers

It was at this point that I attempted to make out who the 15+ piece band was backing the singers this night.  After a little research the band was comprised of house & studio musicians that had worked with T-Bone on various musical productions.  During “Big River“, The Punch Brothers provided the beautiful string background, melting seamlessly with the Sisters voices.  With the grungy, deep drums in the background, it was an innocent part of the performance that has stuck with me such every day since I heard them sing.  I can’t praise them enough.  As the song ends, one of the sisters proclaims: “I hope Johnny Cash isn’t rolling over in his grave.”

The Secret Sisters + Punch Brothers + some

And then we were delivered a soaring rendition of Bill Monroe’s “The One I Love Is Gone.’’  Their voices digging deeper into my soul, sounding much like the sirens from O Brother, Where Art Thou. Reminiscent of purity that only Alison Kruass has ever been able to reach. This video isnt from the show but I wanna pug them again cause they are beautiful.

Elvis Costello joins the stage again.  This time he tells us a very interesting story about our host for the evening.  He says: “30 years, T-Bone Burnett started his career as the assistant to Jeff Bridges. Then 10 years ago, T-Bone Burnett was asked to play Jeff Bridges’s assistant in The Big Lebowski.  Then just three years ago, he once again reprises his role as Jeff Bridges’s assistant in Crazy Heart for which T-Bone Burnett also produced the soundtrack. Please welcome to the stage Jeff Bridges.”

Jeff Bridges + Elvis Costello + T-Bone

Jeff Bridges + Elvis Costello + T-Bone

And with that, out walks Jeff Bridges with his guitar.  If I had to pick a weak  link in the performance, this would be it.  I can barely make out what Jeff Bridges says when he is speaking.  Now try to make out what the guy is saying when he is singing.  It was pretty hard to do.    By the second verse of Fallin’ & Flyin’, a song from the Crazy Heart Soundtrack,  Elvis Costello and T-Bone Burnett had joined the song. At least I could understand the words now hahaha.

“It’s funny how falling feels like flying….only for a little while.” ~

Before his next song, Jeff speaks about the Crazy Heart Soundtrack and working on fixing the schools.  Jeff Bridges exits and Elvis Costello states that “we have a long way to go, a long way to go folks. We don’t know what is going to happen or who is going to turn up.”

Jim James

Jim James

So, speaking like that, he made it sound as if there might be any number of surprise artist floating around backstage.  This wasn’t the case and that kinda urked my nerves. However, I suppose that was Elvis‘s way of introducing Jim James of My Morning Jacket because the young guitarist walked out to the dimly lit stage and joined Elvis in Wonderful (The Way I Feel)Jim James was then left alone with his guitar for a solo rendition of Look At You. This set was one of my favorite of the night.  It was juts simple, poetic, clean and you could hear a pin drop among the audience.


Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman

Elvis Costello back on stage again thanking Jim James and calling him “a shy guy from My Morning Jacket. Then he begins introducing some one “who has performed here more times in this theater then all the other artist combined.  Please welcome Gregg Allman!”   The place ERUPTED.  Honestly, the majority of the people in the venue were Mule Heads. That was made clear as day after he began walking on stage. The yelling, screaming, howling Gregg Allman‘s name…super fans were in the house.

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman

With a 12 musicians backing him, Gregg Allman sang a lovely version of Eric Clapton‘s Floating Bridge. There was a lovely fiddle solo and the washboard stood out.   The following song was Savoy Brown‘s  Train to Nowhere where the horns I had been seeing in the background finally came alive. Tight but not overpowering.  Nothing like a funk horn section but still noticeable and adding a musical level to the country vibe that I enjoyed.

Gregg, one of the few artists allowed more then two songs per set, continued on into Blind Boy Fuller‘s Pistol Slapper Blues before he stopped to change his guitar.  He says, “I’m gonna do an old song for you” as he went into a beautiful solo guitar rendition of Midnight Rider.

He OWNED that song, Man-o-man!! Another highlight of my night. He sang that song exactly as one might want to hear it sung. Not because of the music, but because of his voice. Gregg ended to a loud applause and states: “We will be back in March” as he exits the stage.

INTERMISSION

Marc Ribot

Marc Ribot

After intermission, T-Bone Burnett himself comes out to the stage to fill the role of MC as he announces Marc Ribot out to perform Don’t Blame Me.  A simply beautiful, wordless tune played through a guitar that sang so lovely. Unsure of who wrote it! Anyone?

As quickly as he exited, T-Bone Burnett was back on stage to announce Elvis Costello‘s set. Elvis proclaims, “This is what we imagine Rock ‘n’ Roll would sound like in the 1920’s” as he goes into A Slow Drag with Josephine with the help of The Secret Sisters and Karen Elson. Lovely! Elvis Costello‘s upcoming album, “National Ransom,” was the source of many of the songs he chose to sing during his set, I just didn’t recognize them as the music hasn’t been released yet haha.

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

As The Secret Sisters exit, Costello continues on thanking us for supporting the cause as musical education is so important. Unsure of the next song’s title, it was from a yet to be released album filled with trumpets and strings.  Elvis was on his mandolin and the song had a acoustic jazzy country swagger to it reminding me slightly of Caravan of Thieves.  And finally, Karen Elson, wife of Jack White of the White Stripes, was invited back out to vocally support Elvis during Walking Man Blues.

Elvis Costello, Karen Elson and someone else

Elvis Costello, Karen Elson and someone else

John Mellencamp was back on stage with Karen Elson to sing Mellencamp‘s “Troubled Land.” But it was the next song that became my favorite Mellencamp moment that night. “Save Some Time to Dream” was a positive, wonderful solo guitar performance with beautiful lyrics. And as a single spot light lit him up, he sang:

Save some time to dream
Save some time for yourself
Don’t let your time slip away
Or be stolen by somebody else
Save some time for those you love
For they’ll remember what you gave
Save some time for the songs you sing
And the music that you’ve made

With monstrous applause, Mellencamp ended his set as the lights darkened around him.   Elvis Costello was revealed as the lights went up to announce an epically famous name within the country music community.  “I made sure to teach m children to love and respect this man,” proclaimed Costello.

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanely, the last of his kind and wearing a raging sparkly jacket, walked to the center of the stage and approached the microphone.  Backed simply by James Shelton on guitar and an unknown on stand up bass (possibly a Punch Brothers??), claps and yells abounded as Mr. Stanely went into a folk song for which I sadly missed the name.   For his second song, the strings stopped playing and Ralph Stanely projected the gospel song “Lift Him Up” so beautifully.  Stars lit up behind him as the stage changed it’s set up for his set.

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

I am not a country fan but it is impossible to deny any major musical influence on the music we listen to.  Jerry Garcia, himself, was such a bluegrass head, a jug band kind of mind.  Being that there are so many veins of country music, I can’t help but embrace it all, even while I cringe through a few songs.  The twang of Stanely‘s voice didn’t hurt my ears tonight.  It was lovely.

Stanely starts discussing how he has been singing the next song for 64 years.  He still isn’t sure who ever really got credited with writing it.  And so went into “Man of Constant Sorrow” while James Shelton raged a lovely guitar solo.  Wow, that voice, so country, so grounding.

T-Bone Burnett discusses Waiting for "Superman"

T-Bone Burnett discusses Waiting for "Superman"

The Punch Brothers

The Punch Brothers

T-Bone Burnett comes out on the stage again and describes Waiting for “Superman.” Go back to the top to learn about it all if you have skipped to the good music stuff 😉 However, I am sure you are more interested into The Punch Brothers. I know I was! The Punch Brothers were brought out and just slammed into your face with their raging bluegrass strings acoustic goodness…UGH!!!  It was so fast, like country rapping with yodeling mixed into the music.  At one point, As all this is going down, stage hands began to set in place two pianos, one slightly bigger then the other. My heart was pounding so fast.  Just seeing a piano enter a stage, I sometimes get shivers, my breath gets faster…like a complete upper has entered my body.  I am COMPLETELY addicted to pianos. It’s a deep rooted addiction stemming from my father playing piano every night after dinner in my house. So special. We were in for a treat.

T-Bone Burnett discusses Waiting for "Superman"

T-Bone Burnett discusses Waiting for "Superman"

Leon Russel

Leon Russel

The time had finally come.  The two men I had been waiting for all night. The two men who’s show I thought I would be seeing earlier that night in first place. Out walks Leon Russell, his silver mane glowing in the lights.  What a master. What a treat I was being delivered AND FOR $9 BUCKS!!!  Elton John followed close behind, both sitting at their respective pianos.

Tonight, Elton John and Leon Russell would be performing songs off their new cd, The Union.  Their first pick was the first song off the cd, “If It Wasn’t For Bad,” written by Leon Russell ad sang by both tonight. The pianos came alive so deeply, they were immediately above par for many piano players I had ever seen live.

Elton John and Leon Russell

Elton John and Leon Russell

Behind the duel pianos was a full house band, a horn section and four soulful backup singers who were so full of life.  I was drawn to one singer in particular who’s name I THINK is Lisa Stone. Sadly, I couldn’t catch their names when, at the end of the night, Elvis Costello threw everyone’s names out at warp speed. The drums were deep and powerful and the horn section ripped it.  This was the set we had all waited for and they were delivering right out he hatch.

Elton John and Leon Russell

Elton John and Leon Russell

Elton John

Elton John

The second song, I believe, was called “Gone to Shiloh.” Russ Paul’s pedal steel guitar solo was superb and there were no horns for this song.   The twelfth song off their studio album, “Hearts Have Turned to Stone,” was next.  It was a beautiful dueling piano tune and the backup singers were classic.  “Monkey Suit,” was next with Elton John on vocals, Leon Russell on lead piano. “Hey Ahab” was the last song picked from album and delivered to the audience.  Awesome!

Elton John and Leon Russell

Elton John and Leon Russell

Leon Russell

Leon Russell

The energy in this show was nothing compared to many shows that I attend, but the magic of it all wasn’t lost on me.  This was too cool.  I may never get to see Elton John again being that he could sell out MSG in a matter of minutes for $100 tickets.  Here we were, seeing him in a barely filled theater with numerous other artists for such a minimal price. it was blowing my mind.

Elvis Costello came out and began his goodbyes.  he blasted out the name of the horn sections, backup vocalists and the full house band so quickly! I was a bit frustrated about but alas.  (If there is anyone I have forgotten to mention that oyu notice please let me know!)

Elvis Costello Giving it up to the piano men!

Elvis Costello Giving it up to the piano men!

There was no encore really. Instead, as all the musicians on stage that night gathered one by one, they sang “There’s No Tomorrow.” T-Bone Burnett, lacking in view most of the night but his presence being ever present in each song’s note, joined the stage to a furry of handshakes and a standing ovation.

It was a simple night filled with a powerful energy all it’s own.  I spent a lovely night in my seat watching fabulous music meant to bring awareness to a meaningful documentary.  For $9, the night will never be forgotten. What a treat. I can’t wait to frame my poster 🙂

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October 2010 Potential Show Run Down!

October 2010 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

  • ($25-$45) Stanley Clarke Feat. Hiromi @ The Blue Note
  • ($32-$112) Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall (New York Philharmonic)
  • ($50-$80) Celtic Thunder @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

  • I suggest lots of sleep after The Royal Family Ball 😉

Monday, October 4th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio & THE BRIDGE @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Mavis Staples @ Late Show with David Letterman
  • ($32) Faith Evans @B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($80 – $250) Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($25) Peter Yorn @ Bowery Ballroom

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

  • (??) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Southpaw
  • (Free) Mavis Staples @ Colbert Report (TV)
  • ($10) D.V.S. @ Club Love
  • ($12.25) The EGG plus Sonic Spank @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($20) Davell Crawford @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($80 – $250) Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($35 – $50) Mavis Staples – “You are Not Alone” – Album Release presented by WFUV @ City Winery
  • ($10) Mattson, Barraco & Friends @ Sullivan Hall
    • Jeff Mattson (DSO, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Zen Tricksters) , Rob Barraco (DSO, Phil & Friends, Zen Tricksters) , Jason Crosby (Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Zen Tricksters) , Joe Chirco (Donna Jean Godchaux Band, David Nelson Band, Zen Tricksters) with opening act Easy Over
  • ($44 – $128) Joshua Bell Performs Sibelius @ Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

  • (Free) Gorillaz @ The Late Show with David Letterman
  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Underground Horns “Big Beat” CD release Party @ Nublu
  • ($10) Live Band Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest w/ Alphabet Soup @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($10 – $27) Rosanna Cash @ Kaufmann Concert Hall
    • Upon the publication of Composed, Ms. Cash sits down for a conversation about her life in music.
  • ($28.50 – $33.50) The Hold Steady @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($30) Gil Scott-Heron @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35) Fountains of Wayne @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($32 – $117) Joshua Bell, Debussy, Sibelius, and Lindberg @ Avery Fisher Hall

Friday, October 8th, 2010

  • (Free?) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Rockwood Music Hall 2
  • ($5) Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Brooklyn Bowl
    • Opener: Ikebe Shakedown
    • ($10) Solange DJ Set @ Midnight
  • ($20) Jackie Green @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) The Subdudes @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35) Moe @ Beacon Theater
  • ($35-$45) The Jazz Gallery Rent Jam hosted by Roy Hargrove @ City Winery (late Night)
  • ($32 – $117) Joshua Bell, Debussy, Sibelius, and Lindberg @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($50-$125) Gorillaz & Mos Def @ Madison Square Garden

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Private Party @ Sullivan Hall w/ Lo & Aaron (GSW), Leroy Justice and Jaik Miller
  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow feat. Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Mago – John Medeski & Billy Martin @ Rocks Off Cruise

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

  • ($20) Corrosion of Conformity @ Highline Ballroom

Monday, October 11th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($65 – $165) Mary J. Blige @ Radio City Music Hall

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio & THE BRIDGE @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) My  Morning Jacket @ The Late Show w/ David Letterman
  • (Free) REEFER MOVIE MADNESS: THE ULTIMATE STONER FILM GUIDE BOOK RELEASE PARTY @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($32 – $117) Joshua Bell, Debussy, Sibelius, and Lindberg @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($65 – $165) Mary J. Blige @ Radio City Music Hall

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

  • (Free) My Morning Jacket @ Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon
  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($10) R+D with Savoy (DJ), D.V.S*, NUTRITIOUS, MUNcee superjam and Mad Hatter @ Club Love
  • ($10) Jessica Lurie Ensemble @ Brooklyn Lyceum
  • ($12) Dawoud – Renegade Sufi Sitar! @ The Theater for the New City
  • ($25) Ingrid Michaelson @ Best Buy Theater (Formally Nokia Theatre)
  • ($32.59 – $39.50) The Avett Brothers @ Radio City Music Hall

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

  • (Free) Ben Folds @ Late Night w/ Jimmy Falon
  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Dred Scott Trio @ 55 Bar
  • ($10) Apollo Run @ Union Hall
  • ($25) Tom Tom Club @ Santos House Party
    • W/ Caravan of Thieves and The Tony Castles
  • ($40 – $138) Pinchas Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms@ Avery Fisher Hall (NYPHIL)

Friday, October 15th, 2010

  • ($5) The Trifect @ Sullivan Hall – FUUUUUSION!!!!
  • ($5) M80 Dubstation Feat. Jon Gutwillig from The Disco Biscuits @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5) Brother Josephus & Josh Phillips Folk Festival @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($36.20) Citizen Cope @ Terminal 5
  • ($30-$45) Dar Williams & Toshi Reagon – Many Great Companions Tour @ City Winery
  • ($32.50 – $35) John Hammond @ Rubin Museum of Art
  • ($40 – $138) Pinchas Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms@ Avery Fisher Hall (NYPHIL)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($10) Tom Tom Club @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35 – $40) Air Supply @ B.B. Kings
  • ($30-$45) Dar Williams & Toshi Reagon – Many Great Companions Tour @ City Winery
  • ($36.20) Citizen Cope @ Terminal 5
  • ($40 – $138) Pinchas Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms@ Avery Fisher Hall (NYPHIL)

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) UP ON THE RIDGE – Dierks Bentley @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Jason Linder Trio @ Fordham University
  • ($10) Kinetix @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($10) Chico Mann @ Santos House Party
  • ($25-$40) UP ON THE RIDGE – Dierks Bentley & Del McCoury Band @ City Winery
  • ($50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12) Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25) UP ON THE RIDGE – Dierks Bentley @ Southpaw
  • @ Southpaw
  • ($47.50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
  • ($50-$90) Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theater
  • (Starting @ $50) “A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camps” @ Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center
    • Performances Will Feature a Line-Up of GRAMMY® Winning Musicians Including Hilary Hahn, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp, Keb’ Mo’ and Stevie Wonder With Appearances by Bill Cosby and Renee Zellweger

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

  • (Free) The London Souls @ The Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • ($20 – $25) THE MONSTER MASH –> Fort Knox Five @ The Electric Warehouse w/ Woody McBride and Larry Tea
  • ($25) Yonder Mountain String Band @ Best Buy Theatre (Formally Nokia Theater)
  • ($47.50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
  • ($50-$90) Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theater
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nick’s Pub
  • (Free) Apollo Run @ Rockwood Music Hall 1
  • (Free) Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds @ Rockwood Music Hall 2
  • (Free) Kings of Leon @ Saturday Night Live (TV)
  • ($10) The Breakfast @ Crash Mansion
  • ($35-$60) Jakob Dylan @ City Winery
  • ($40 – $100) Cheech and Chong @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($42 – $48) Indigo Girls @ Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall
  • ($47.50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Amhurst, MA @ Mullins Center

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

  • ($8) Apollo Run @ Pianos
  • ($35-$60) Jakob Dylan @ City Winery
  • ($50 – $113) Steve Miller Band @ Beacon Theater
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Amhurst, MA @ Mullins Center

Monday, October 25th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ The Delancey
  • (Free) Kings of Leon @ Late Show with David Letterman (TV)
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$60) Jakob Dylan @ City Winery

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

  • (Free) The Bridge @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Talib Kewli @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($40) Bad Religion @ Irving Plaza

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

  • ($??) Chico Mann @ Santos House Party
  • ($25 – $35) Ollabelle @ City Winery
  • ($25 – $153) Yo Yo Ma & Kathryn Scott @ Carnegie Hall
  • ($40) Bad Religion @ Irving Plaza

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) The Mother Hips @ The Brooklyn Bowl
    • w/ Sean Walsh & The National Reserve
  • ($20) Trouble & Bass  @ Santos House Party
    • Ninja Tune XX (anniversary party): Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Poirier Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo
  • ($42) Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Terminal 5
  • ($50 – $90) Styx @ The Beacon Theatre
  • ($70-$80) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom

Friday, October 29th, 2010

  • (FREE??) Dred Scott @ Smalls Jazz Club
  • ($10) The Macpodz @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($15) The Toasters & the Pietasters @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($30) Ok Go @ Terminal 5
  • ($37) Railroad Earth with Donna the Buffalo @ Irving Plaza
  • ($40) Guster @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
  • ($70-$80) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

  • ($10) Jimkata, Papadosio and D.V.S. @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($36) Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams @ The Gramercy Theater
  • ($36-$40) Cypress Hill @ Besy Buy Theater (Formally Nokia Theatre)
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
  • ($70-$80) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

  • ($24) The Felice Brothers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($50) The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater (Formally Nokia Theatre)
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

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Caravan Of Thieves

Caravan Of Thieves

Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room (08.31.10)

Live music!! What would our lives be with out it?  For live music lovers, and I think I can speak for most of us when I say this, we look forward to new and unusual sounds coming up out of our scene.  Once in a while, a group comes along that pushes the boundaries of their musical talent.  They push the boundaries of what is popular and what might be.  They push the comfort zone of our ears, our listening pallets.  I can say, without hesitation, Caravan of Thieves if just one of these groups.

The Living Room

The Living Room

Caravan of Thieves graced Manhattan with a month long Tuesday night residency at The Living Room in New York City’s East Village.  The brain child of husband and wife duo Fuzz Fuzzman (Deep Banana Blackout) and Carrie Sangiovanni, Caravan of Thieves not only brings to the scene a uniquely vibing, gypsy jazz sound but more importantly, their performance is rich with fun and flare.  Flat out awesome gypsy rage.

Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt

Gypsy Jazz & Gypsy Swing was made famous in the 1930’s through the musical styling of  Django Reinhardt, a name synonymous with the style.  I wager not many people have ever heard the name, let alone heard the beautiful music that came from this innovative European guitar player who changed music forever. I can’t think of anyone who has brought this musician to the forefront of my mind until I heard this performance.  Fuzz Fuzzman is Django-incarnate.

Scene outside The Living Room...

Scene outside The Living Room...

Caravan of Thieves

James “Fuzz” Sangiovanni – Voice + Guitar
Carrie Sangiovanni – Voice + Guitar
Ben Dean – Violin
Brian Anderson – Double Bass

Special Guest: Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club)

As I walked into the back room of The Living Room, through the heavy velvet curtains, I was greeted with a packed room, dimly lit intimate tables and a stage covered with what appeared to be a music group pulled right from the 1930’s.  With Victorian flare, they wore page boy caps, Fedora hats, suspenders, ripped stockings, corsets, vests, thin ties…their image a direct reflection of their dedication to style of their sound.

Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room

Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room

The first thing that stood out from their wonderful image was the lack of a drum kit.  The second thing, no electricity at all…full acoustic, which I was looking forward to after a heavy week of electric raging from other various performances.

Sadly, I missed the first song (I Don’t Wanna Be) but walked in as The Caravan raged into a phenomenal cover of Queen‘s Bohemian Rhapsody.  Carrie held to the vocals as Ben Dean covered the underlying melody with the night’s first solo to my ears coming from the violin.  As Fuzz sung, “I see a a little silhouette of a man…,” the crowd joined the four Thieves and a sing-a-long ensued.  Fuzz pulled out a ripping solo bringing the song to an end.

Fuzz & Carrie Sangiovanni

Fuzz & Carrie Sangiovanni

The third song cemented the Gypsy style into my ears with I Can’t Behave, a love song marked with dilemma.  This would be the first time the Thieves had performed this song in front of an audience and the banter before hand was comical.  “There’s something nice about a First Time!” says Carrie, as she gazed jokingly at Fuzz.  The end of the song raged forth chaos which brought to mind Russian’s dancing the Kozachok.  Perhaps there was a Gypsy dance that would fit this song.

Caravan of Thieves ragin...

Caravan of Thieves ragin...Bruce Martin joining the stage...

Let's hit everything around us...

Let's hit everything around us...

Then there is hitting. Lots of hitting  They all start hitting things placed around the stage.  And with the introduction of Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club), Shim Sham Honey began.   Bruce was playing all kinds of instruments throughout the evening, presently raging what appeared to be a turkey oven rack.  The sound was unique yet so richly rooted in times past. Exactly what I would consider a traveling gypsy jazz circus band to sound like.  Pulling the sounds from their surroundings by utilizing such primitive or unique items in addition to the traditional instruments. Sadly, there is little footage of this show so here is the song performed in 2009.  It’s great 🙂

Carrie and Ben

Carrie and Ben

Butcher’s Wife was up next which had Fuzz and Ben Dean battling it out with their bows.    I can’t fail to mention that the character that each member of the Thieves attempts to portray goes way beyond just playing their respective instruments and dressing in period clothing.  The vibrant, whitty banter and the impromptu comedic happenings  that takes place on stage brought the musical set to life and added an entirely new dimension to the performance. A soft, yet raging flare came out of Ben Dean, the violinist, during Butcher’s Wife. A slow, lovely song with tantalizing violin teases.  Bruce Martin on Accordion changes the sound considerably, bringing a hint of a keyboard being present.   Carrie’s voice matching so well while she harmonized with Fuzz.

Caravan of Thieves + Bruce (Tom Tom Club)

Caravan of Thieves + Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club)

The Talking Heads Psycho Killer rang out over the audience and yet again, they killed another cover in such an unusual style. This cover was particularly poignant as both Bruce and Fuzz are members of the Tom Tom Club, a group founded by husband and wife team Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, both members of The Talking Heads.  My friend Eric was at a earlier residency performance earlier in the month and was able to grab this snippet of the song.

The next song was called Candy, a metaphorical song about addiction,  and as Fuzz described the meaning behind the song, ironically, I was popping Jolly Ranchers in my mouth and passing some out to those around me.  As the juices ran down the back of my throat, the main Thieve asked us to yell out our favorite candy, Josh and I both scream out “Reeses‘” and my Jolly Rancher spits out. The chorus for Candy was so pretty.  Fuzz picked a lovely acoustic solo on his gorgeous guitar, his top hat tilting to the side.  Ben’s violin solo was next, expressing both the loveliness and darkness behind the song.

Yummy Bass Player doin his thing...

Yummy Bass Player doin his thing! Doesn't he look like Christian Bale?

The next song, a mash-up of You Are My Sunshine and Singing in the Rain, started with some banter between the guitarists.  Bruce, Ben and Fuzz start into a flighty singing “Please don’t take my sunshine away,” and then the bass player and all other members completely wig out on stage.  They began screaming, flailing about, crying, throwing things…it got SERIOUS up in the Living Room.

It was at this point the true flare of the bass player came alive into my focus.  He reminded me of Christian Bale and I did some mental wrong doing in my head with him and his stand-up bass.  Screaming things like “I’m so sad!” and “You Cunt!!,” he was the most verbal and out-there element on the stage with his antics.  At this point, various members of the Thieves have made their way back to the floor, faking tears, still screaming and things quiet as it’s almost as Fuzz steps forward to proclaim a service announcement.  “Look at these sorry sobbing saps. Is this how you want to be? We don’t want you to be this way.” “We are moving ON” states a serious and dramatic Fuzz.  And it was back into a happy bounce vibe, a calypso-style rage of Singing in the Rain.

And they all fall down...

And they all fall down...

Bouquet, the title of their first studio album and a song about “bouquets of thoughts” was meticulous and full of flare. Lead off with the violin and then into silence.  Fuzz explains that the next song is a medley of Beatles tunes, Girl/Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. Fuzz was very verbal in his explanations of the meanings behind every song.  A true testament to the validity and authenticity of the style in which the lyrics and story telling play such a crucial part in the compilation of a group.  The meat of the song showcased Bruce on what we were told was an Angklung.  I imagine his home/studio to be an arsenal of odd instruments.  Again, the following video is not from tonight’s performance, sadly, but great all the same.

Then it it was time for band intros: Fuzz on everything, Bruce on all kinds of things.  There was talk about this being the last night of their Living Room residency and how much fun they had over the past month.   I silently cursed myself for missing the previous shows but was SO thankful for making this one last minute, as I had almost missed this one as well.

And as Fuzz screams, “Where the freaks at?”, it turns into an all out  percussion jam. At some point the entire band has dipped to the floor and audience members are up dancing. “I’m going to eat you, you are my desire,” sing one of the Thieves.  And as Bruce raged his Angklung, Fuzz raged and scatted, Ben was beating on the bass all while Carrie’s soft female voice filled the air. And finally, the Percussion Jam where they all just manipulated and beat the instruments and structures around them until they couldn’t anymore.

What can’t be said about this band?  They are fun with elegant compositions.    They are witty, they are sincere, they are talented musicians.  It is dramatic song writing that backs some dramatic acoustic music…the list goes on and on.  Be sure to check out their schedule and catch one of their shows immediately:

Setlist: I Don’t Wanna, Bohemian Rhapsody, I Can’t Behave (debut performance), Ghostwriter, Shim Sham, Butcher’s Wife, Psycho Killer, Candy, You Are My Sunshine/ Singing in the Rain, Bouquet, Girl/ Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Eat You, Freaks/ Percussion Jam

Encore: Raise the Dead

Sadly, there was no recordings made, or found at least, of the Tuesday residency.  However, I can’t leave you with out a taste of this wonderful, playful group.  Only catching a few minutes of their act, I was privileged enough to see Caravan of Thieves at Gathering of the Vibes this year.  Here is their set:

Download: Caravan of Thieves Live at Gathering Of The Vibes – Seaside Park on 2010-07-30 (July 30, 2010)

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August 2010 Potential Show Run Down!

August 2010 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!


Sunday, August 1st, 2010

  • Gathering Of The Vibes Music Festival, Bridgeport, CT
  • ($20) Hot Buttered Rum @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts @ The Iridum Jazz Club

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room (W/ Charlie Hunter)
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$65) Dr. John & The Lower 911 @ City Winery

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Talib Kweli & Friends w/ Live Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($30) Los Lobos @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($35-$65) Dr. John and The Lower 911 @ City Winery
  • ($37.50) The Dead Weather @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($50-$100) Heart @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

  • (1 Drink Min,) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Devi @ Bowery Electric
  • ($18) Jemimah Puddleduck ft. Mark Karan of Ratdog @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($50) Arcade Fire @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

  • Royal Family Ball @ Sullivan Hall (Private party)
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8 + 1 drink) Will Bernard Trio @ The Bar Next Door
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery
  • ($50) Arcade Fire @ Madison Square Garden

Friday, August 6th, 2010

  • (Free) House of Usher: Marco Benevento Trio @ Prospect Park Bandshell
    • Marco Benevento to write a new original score to this cult B-movie study in creeping, diabolical menace.
  • ($10) Mark Guiliana & Jason Lindner Trio @ The Jazz Gallery
  • ($10) Sonya Kitchell @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($15) Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 w/ special guests Ryan Zoidis and Maurice Brown

  • ($21 – $70+) Paramore @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($25) Buster Williams @ The Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($20-$35) Pat McGee Band @ City Winery
  • ($40) Keane w/ Ingrid Michaelson @ East River State Park (Williamsburg Waterfront)
  • ($40) Corrine Bailey Rae @ Governors Island

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Sharon Jones + Budos Band at Prospect Park bandshell (Funk Live)
    • The Budos Band @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($15-$22) Simone Felice w/ Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
  • ($80 – $300+) Anthony Hamilton, Kem & Jaheim & Raheem Devaughn @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

  • (Free) Soul Rebels Brass Band @ Lincoln Center (Outdoor Concert Series)
  • (Free) Justin Townes Earle @ The Beach @ Governors Island
  • ($15) Reckoning @ B.B. Kings
    • The Lead Heads (opening @ 7pm)

Monday, August 9th, 2010

  • ($5) Deadcenter Presents…Jerry Garcis: A Restrospective – The Jam Stampede (feat. members of the Zen Tricksters)
    • With: Jason Crosby, Michael Falzarano, Johnny Markowski, Barry Mitterhof
  • ($20-$25) Jimmie’s Chicken Shack @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Empire of the Sun @ Terminal 5
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35) Leo Nocentelli w/ Les Paul Trio @ City Winery

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) The Infamous Stringdusters @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Felice Brothers @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour w/ Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

  • (Free) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Jackie Green & Gov’t Mule @ Central Park Summerstage
  • ($10) Melvin Seals & JGB @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25) Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) @ The Gramercy Theater

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

  • ($12) Break Science @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) @ Roseland Ballroom
    • Lotus @ Roseland Ballroom
    • AFTER PARTY: ($??) Big Gigantic @ Irving Plaza
  • ($50 – $300+) Aerosmith @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Friday, August 13th, 2010

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($5) Rubblebucket @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($) Jason Crosby w/Common Rotation @ The Library
  • ($10) Grizzly Adamz (John Medeski, Saft, Perwosky and Blume) @ Littlefield
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($40 – $150) Kiss @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

  • (Free) Dr. Dog & Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ The Beach @ Governor’s Island
  • ($13) Daedelus with Mux Mool, Sepalcure and Beautiful Bells @ Santos House Party
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($25) Deep Banana Blackout @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Monday, August 16th, 2010

  • (Free) John Kimock w/ Mike Gamble, Daniel Carter and Marc Freidman @ Bar 4
  • (Free) Jason Crosby & Dark Loft @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($50-$150+) Phish @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($40) MGMT @ Radio City Music Hall

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

  • Sushioke #17
  • ($40) MGMT @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($50-$150+) Phish @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) A BIG YES and a small no (Joe Russo Project) @ Lakeside Lounge
  • ($10) Jason Lindner Trio @ Smalls
  • ($33-$100) Ray Lamontagne & David Gray @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($99) Henry Butler with Gent Treadly @ Rocks Off Cruise

Friday, August 20th, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • ($10) O’Death @ The Rock Shop
  • ($25) Bonerama @ The Rocks Off Boat Cruise – The Jewel (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Russel Batiste @ The Rocks Off Boat Cruise – Half Moon
  • ($17-$100+) Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($50) Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds – @ B.B. Kings
  • (not sure) Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears @ Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($20) Urban Sun @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Some Cat From Japan @ Rocks Off Cruise
    • w/ Will Bernard & Nigel Hall

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) Black Joe Lewis and The Honey bears @ Summerstage (Funk Live)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($20-$25) Dylan Different: Ben Sidran with Amy Helm, Will Bernard, Tim Luntzel, Leo Sidran  @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

  • ($22.50) Xavier Rudd & Izintaba @ Irving Plaza
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

  • ($20-$25) Hudson River Live! A concert series by Affairs Afloat aboard the Queen of Hearts
  • ($25) American Babies & Big Light @ Rocks Off Cruise (unknown)
  • ($25) Ryan Montbluea Band @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Jewel)
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave feat. Jon Cleary @ South Street Seaport
    • W/ High and Mighty Brass Band

Friday, August 27th, 2010

  • ($??) DJ Nutrious @ Southpaw
  • ($20) Benevento Russo Duo Acoustic @ The Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) Donna The Buffalo @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Future Rock @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

  • ($6-$8) Pimps of Joytime @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($99-$400) Rock the Bells Festival 2010: Governors Island
    • Wu-Tang Clan @ The Beach @ Governor’s Island
  • ($10) Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($18) New Rider’s Of The Purple Sage @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($39-$65) The Rhythm Devils, feat Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart @ Tarrytown Music Hall

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Monday, August 30th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Roots & Dub on the River for Ethiopa @ Rocks Off Cruises
  • ($30) Eric Krasno w/ Les Paul Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

  • (Free + 1 drink ) Nigel Hall @ Rockwood Music Hall #2 @ 10:15
  • (Free + 1 drink) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall @ midnight
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($60-$150+) Jimmy Buffet @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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