New York: The Indigo Girls are playing a benefit show next Saturday night (May 9th) in New York City at Webster Hall. They will be performing a full 70 minute set of acoustic music in support of the Survivor Mitzvah Project. You can buy tickets online here.
The Survivor Mitzvah Project is an amazing organization: they do direct work with elderly Holocaust survivors in eastern Europe, providing both emergency aid (food, shelter, medicine) and an opportunity to share their stories and revisit the towns (peaceful and war-torn) of their childhood. As they say in their mission statement: “They are the last generation of Holocaust Survivors and we are the last generation who can help.” And in this case, you get to help by going to an Indigo Girls show. So that seems like a no-brainer!
The event, by the way, is at Webster Hall, one of the my favorite venues in NYC (up there in the mid-sized venue category alongside Town Hall, City Winery, Society for Ethical Culture). It’s been around since the early 1900s, was a pre-prohibition site for labor rallies and masquerade balls, became a speakeasy, and then a recording studio, and the reopened as an event space.
Clear your Saturday night and buy a ticket; it’ll be worth it!
Fantastic music coming up in Boston and New York. Here are some shows I’m especially excited about:
Fri 12/14 — Winterbloom (Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman) @ Club Oberon (Cambridge)
Fri 12/14 — Jonathan Coulton @ City Winery (New York)
Wed 12/19 — We’re About 9 @ Passim (Cambridge)
Thu 12/27 — Dar Williams @ the Bell House (Brooklyn)
Sat 12/29 — Mieka Pauley @ Johnny D’s (Somerville)
Sun 12/30 and Mon 12/31 — Ellis Paul @ Passim (Cambridge). He does an annual New Year’s show, and it’s great.
Fri 1/11 — Groovelily @ Bull Run (Shirley, MA). They’re not touring much these days; catch this show if you can.
Sat 1/12 — Mieka Pauley @ Rockwood (New York)
Tue 1/15 — the Mountain Goats @ Carnegie Hall (New York) — wow!
Sun 2/3 — Shawn Colvin @ City Winery (New York)
Wed 2/6, Thu 2/7 and Fri 2/8 — Richard Shindell @ Passim (Cambridge). Get tickets early; these shows will sell out.
Sun 2/10 — The House Jacks @ Passim (Cambridge)
Thu 2/14 — Judy Collins @ Metropolitan Museum (New York) — really, wow!
Fri 2/15 — The Bad Plus @ ICA (Boston)
Sat 3/2 — Delta Rae @ the Middle East (Cambridge)
Sat 3/2 — Ingrid Michaelson @ Lincoln Center (New York). I might make an east coast trip just for this show.
Sun 3/3 — Suzanne Vega @ the Bell House (Brooklyn)
Thu 3/14 — Ari Hest @ Union Hall (Brooklyn). I’m really psyched about his new record. Catch a stop on his tour if you can.
Lots of other great people hitting the road in the next 3 months — check out dates for Antje Duvekot, Sufjan Stevens, Medeski Martin & Wood, Leonard Cohen, Erin McKeown, Ellie Goulding, Della Mae, Melissa Ferrick, Tegan and Sara, Mumford & Sons, Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter, Diana Krall. Not that there’s ever a drought for the music scene in NYC and Boston, but when it rains, it pours.
Portland has a vibrant music scene, and a lot of great folksingers are coming to town in early 2013. If you’re in PDX, check out:
Fri 1/11 — Red Molly @ Alberta Rose
Sun 1/13 — Dar Williams @ Alladin Theater
Thu 1/31 — Liz Longley @ Alladin Theater
Wed 2/6 — Suzanne Vega @ Alladin Theater
also Wed 2/6 — Ellie Goulding @ McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom
Sat 2/16 — Delta Rae @ Star Theater
Mon 3/4 — Erin McKeown @ Mississippi Studios
Thu 3/21 — Josh Ritter @ McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom
If you’re going to the Mountain Goats show this Sunday 12/16 at the Alladin, then I will see you there.
If I were in New York City, I’d be living at the Rockwood this month. You can’t miss:
And that’s just the stuff I thought you couldn’t pass up; check out the rest of their stellar lineup: http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com/. And then take up residence on the Lower East Side.
I’m in California for the month of October, and these are some of my must-see shows:
Thurs 10/14 — Kyla Graves @ Citizen Smith (LA)
Thurs 10/21 — Amy Speace @ Hotel Utah Saloon (SF)
Mon 10/25 + Tues 10/26 — Sufjan Stevens @ Paramount Theatre (Oakland)
Fri 10/29 — Of Montreal @ The Warfield (SF)
Mon 11/1 — Ingrid Michaelson @ the Fillmore (SF)
Here’s a band you don’t know but should: Delta Rae (http://www.deltarae.com/). They are four incredible singers with killer harmonies and a soulful, rootsy sound. I loathe to refer you to MySpace, but you can indeed listen to their EP right now. Go ahead: listen. It will be worth putting up with the now-unpopular interface. And then and buy the EP on iTunes.
They’re in Boston on Wednesday, October 6th, and I’d be going to this show if I weren’t in San Francisco. Details here.
If I were in the right city at the right time, I’d be going to these shows:
Sat 9/18 + Sun 9/18 — Dar Williams @ Club Passim
Tue 9/21 — Judy Collins @ the Metropolitan Museum (NYC)
Sat 10/2 — Hotels + Highways (a trio of Syd, Lisa Piccirillo, and Patrick Thomas) @ Lizard Lounge
Tue 10/12 — Ingrid Michaelson @ House of Blues (Boston)
Fri 10/22 — We’re About 9 @ Club Passim (CD Release!)
And if I didn’t have conflicting tickets in the same city on the same night, I’d be going to these shows:
Sat 11/6 — Sarah Harmer @ The Paradise (Boston)
Sun 11/7 — Joshua Radin @ House of Blue (Boston)
You should go to some, and tell me what I missed!