Month: June 2011

  • Backscratch XIV at Rockwood Music Hall

    We’ve only been to one Backscratch before, but we’ll do our best to never miss one going forward. Last night was #14, but I decided to show off my mad Roman Numeral skills in the title. This one was back at Rockwood Music Hall (not the original venue). I covered the last one […]

  • Jeff Litman at Rockwood Music Hall

    On their birthday, most people wait (patiently or otherwise) to see what their friends and family will do for them. Musicians? Not so much. A number of them book shows on their birthday, effectively throwing a party for their friends, family and fans. Yesterday was Jeff Litman’s birthday and that’s exactly what he […]

  • Nick Howard at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

    We’ve seen Nick Howard perform once before, as part of his side project with Rachel Platten called Chasing Violet. I really enjoyed that set and was looking forward to hearing Nick do his own stuff at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. Nick had a full band backing him. He’s British, lives in NYC […]

  • Busy Weekend Without Music

    When I tell you we had a busy weekend, you assume you will be reading about a ton of musical events. Not this time. We have good friends who live in VA, parents with three kids, ages 13, 10 and 5. We’ve known them since the 13-year-old was 18 months old (they lived […]

  • Martin Rivas Solo Campfire at Slane

    We’ve only been to one NYC Campfire before. That one was missing Martin Rivas, one of the co-founders of Campfire. Last night Martin was back hosting Campfire, this time at the original site of the Campfires, Slane (link is currently broken). Martin’s partner-in-music (crime?), Craig Meyer, was on the road and didn’t attend […]

  • Chris Ayer at a House Concert

    This was a weekend extravaganza hosting our godson (David) and his wife (Rebecca). In addition to seeing Wicked earlier in the day (covered in this post), we wanted to take them to see some live music in NYC. Our core group consisted of 10 people, which could present logistical problems with finding the […]

  • Our Tenth Wicked is still the Charm

    Our godson (David) and his wife (Rebecca) were coming up to spend their first weekend with us as a married couple. They were to arrive on Friday night when the festivities were to begin. Unfortunately, the Wicked witch was in control on Friday, and after hearing every excuse in the book, their flight […]

  • Rachel Platten, Bess Rogers and Bethany and the Guitar at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse

    We’re nearing the middle of a two week hiatus from NYC music. We’ve already missed some very special shows and will be missing a few more before we get back on the horse. None of that mattered, because I thought I was going to see a night of Musical Mud Wrestling starring two […]

  • The Ramblers at The Living Room Again

    Last night posed a significant problem. We had seen only three songs of a special set by The Ramblers at The Living Room on January 29th, 2011. Here’s part of what I wrote about that set: Then they started playing. Excellent. Definitely my kind of music. Actually, since they had so many guests, […]

  • Richard Julian at Rockwood Music Hall

    We started the day planning to attend three sets (7 and 8pm at Rockwood Music Hall, and 10pm at The Living Room). We ended up attending the 6pm set at Rockwood as well. We had an hour to fill at 9pm. We could have stayed at Rockwood or caught the 9pm at The […]