And the third really cool thing that happened this week, actually, on Monday, is that the iconic Ray Charles got his own United States postage stamp as a birthday present from Uncle Sam! Ray’s Forever stamp will coincide with the release of Ray Charles Forever, a compilation album being released the next day. The artwork for the stamp is a beautiful full color picture of Ray beaming onstage! As soon as I saw it, my first thought was, “I wanna send all my letters with that stamp”! The only problem is, who sends letters any more? LOL. Read more here http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ray-charles-honored-on-u-s-postage-stamp-20130922
Alright, so I’m still in recovery mode from all the excitement of the first half of September, but I’ve got a feeling I’d better hurry up and get ready for the weekend, cause it starts Wednesday, and it don’t let up on Sunday, so, here we go!
Wednesday, September 25 – EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE are already into the second of two nights at The Beacon Theater, and GRAHAM NASH is onto the second of three nights at City Winery, but I’m really looking forward to THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS at Bearsville Theater! Never heard these guys before, but they look cool, they’re funny, talented, they have a hit record, and they look like they’re going places! More info at www.bearsvilletheater.com. With The Hope-Gold Duo opening.
Thursday, September 26 – Well, THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS are at Hill Country Barbecue, and JOE SATRIANI and STEVE MORSE are at The Beacon Theater, but if I was in the city tonight, I’d be at NEKO CASE at Radio City Music Hall! This lady is peaking right now, her new song, “Man” rocks, this is the first time she’s headlined a venue of this size and historical importance, and she is going to rise to the occasion! I wouldn’t be too surprised if special guests showed up for this show, either! She’s worked with a lot of them on record!
Friday, September 27 – Lots of great stuff going on this weekend. Let’s start with the great BEN E. KING, he of “Stand By Me” and “Spanish Harlem” fame, former lead singer of The Drifters, and Rock and Roll and Vocal group Halls of Fame inductee, who’s making an extremely rare appearance at BB King’s in Manhattan! Our friends in THE ALEXIS P. SUTER GROUP are at Iridium for the first of two nights. Moving up to the Hudson Valley, THE ANCHOR in Kingston is open for its second weekend, and they have a good line up tonight! It’s MEGAN JEAN AND THE KFB, with THE OLD DOUBLE E, and TRAIL LIGHT REBELLION, opening. Now, the only one of these bands that I’ve actually heard, is The Old Double E, which, I assume, gets their name from Ed Butler and Little Earl from Voodelic, two of the principals of the outfit, but I could be wrong. It could be something old and arcane! If you come to The Anchor tonight, you can ask them yourself! But, I digress. I know The Old Double E are good, if you like old timey bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and folk n roll, and THEY told me that Megan Jean is amazing! Is that enough of a recommendation to go on? I think so. Anyway, I’m looking for The Anchor to become one of those places where it doesn’t matter who’s playing, because it’s always someone good! Over at The Bearsville Theater, they’ve got a very special performance by two artists who play together only rarely, DAVID BROMBERG AND LARRY CAMPBELL! It seems like they will be playing together tonight! These two are both Masters of their various instruments, so this should be exciting. And up in Hudson, the fabulous EILEN JEWELL will return to Club Helsinki, hopefully with her amazing guitar player, JERRY MILLER, who’s just released a terrific solo album himself! Highly recommended!
Saturday, September 28 – The weekend hi-jinx continue with SEAN LENNON at BSP Lounge in Kingston. Yes, that would be John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s son, Sean. Can’t vouch for the musicality of Sean, but I’ll be there none the less! Will we get John, Yoko, or a hybrid? Stay tuned. In Woodstock, MOONALICE is at The Midnight Ramble, with The M.R. Band, and Woodstock comes to Hudson in the form of young guitarslinger, CONNOR KENNEDY, who’s at Helsinki tonight. Downstate, the great BILLY JOE SHAVER pulls into Hill Country Barbecue, JONNY LANG is at Irving Plaza, and the immortal JIMMY CLIFF is at Webster Hall, and lemme tell ya folks, Jimmy Cliff’s still got it! Recommended! Any one of these three will be great!
Sunday, September 29 – It’s a quiet Sunday night. You’re exhausted from being out late Friday and Saturday. Runnin’ on fumes. How ‘bout New Orleans guitarist, ANDERS OSBORNE, solo acoustic, at City Winery?
Monday, September 30 – STEELY DAN open a 7 night in 9 day engagement at The Beacon Theater that will probably be really good, even if you’re not an SD nerd, but tonight, tonight we will be at City Winery with JAMES COTTON! His new stuff is awesome, and I’m betting this show will be too! And if you’re home tonight, don’t forget to tune in to John Madeo’s “Little Delaware Jamboree” at 8pm EST, on WIOX, 91.3 FM, where you will hear some great music, and, at a little past 8:30, you can listen to John and I discussing music, both live and recorded! My segment usually lasts until 9 pm station ID. Also online at www.wioxradio.org.
Tuesday, October 1 – John and Alice Coltrane’s son, Ravi Coltrane, will be taking up residence with his band, THE RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET, at my favorite jazz club, The Village Vanguard, tonight through October 6! I did mention Ravi Coltrane’s heritage, but we would be recommending him if his last name was Smith! The man can blow! Expect some great music during this run! The Village Vanguard is the last remnant of the New York jazz scene as I imagined it was in the 1950’s! Minus the smoke, of course! LOL. A basement room down the stairs. Last time I was here, I saw Tony Williams! Good times!
Wednesday, October 2 – Up in Oneonta, The B Side Ballroom celebrates it’s first anniversary with a very special appearance by a lovely man, BILLY JOE SHAVER! This should be fantastic! Catch it if you can!
Thursday, October, 3 – Opening night for The Woodstock Film Festival. Check local listings or woodstockfilmfestival.com for more.
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See ya next week!