It's worth noting that, enthusiastic as the proceedings were, they also carried a peculiar gravity. Perhaps this had to do with nostalgia's more serious side, the wish to honor what's gone before and the realization that all things cannot stay the same forever.
Amid the Dixon Place bar's clinking drinks and humming, intimate assembly, bandleader Leah Wells glows with anticipation. The versatile musician plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle in several bands around New York.
New York's venerable Town Hall theater came alive this weekend with the buzz of a thousand accents. GBS always attracts an international audience, and the most recent stop on their XX twentieth anniversary tour was no exception.
While partying and having fun is a temptation for most 20-year-olds, Eliasch, who began vocal training at age thirteen, and recently graduated from New York's Mannes College of Music with a focus in voice will have his opera debut at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 31.
They say you can't please everybody, but tell that to Alan Doyle. Headlining recently at New York institution B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, the always-congenial Newfoundlander joined with The Dunwells and Amy Helm to produce the rare musical hat trick.
It's only 90 minutes but the show feels padded since the very slight idea powering it goes nowhere and the songs (lyrics by Russell and music by Peter Melnick) can only muster up so many ways to sing the praises of tobacco.
Every year at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, I attend as many shows as I can, invariably seeing one or two shows that will rank among the best of the year and discovering some new talented performers and behind the scenes artists.
Yauch was not only a musical pioneer with Beasties; he was an activist and humanitarian. Wherever there was injustice, there was Yauch, wherever there was a voice to be given to the voiceless, there was Yauch.
Throughout the past couple months a slew of NYC bands, Making Friendz, Light Asylum and Little Victory to name a few, have been sexing up downtown barroom dance-floors with a take-no-prisoners punk rock swagger.
I was happy to hear an NPR feature this weekend on Mason Jar Music, a new collective of young producers/musicians in Brooklyn, who have their own twist on getting access to abandoned buildings and recording and filming there.
Emily believes in the power of intuition to guide her, adoring her inspirations, but not a slave to the rules of what must define a songwriter. I'm thrilled to share more about the world behind her story.