Month: September 2011

  • Informal Vacations

    The last formal vacation that Lois and I took was in 1995, our only trip to Hawaii. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of fun times in amazing places, but nearly every one of them was on an international business trip for me. I consider our current vacations informal. They typically consist […]

  • Ian Axel, Bess Rogers and Allie Moss at Jammin Java

    Another night, another stop on the Intergalactic Tour of the Universe and Beyond Tour. It wasn’t originally meant to be, but when the Universe (and Beyond!) wants something, it makes it happen. Two years ago, Richmond CenterStage opened with a big gala celebration. I covered one of the nights. Last night was a […]

  • Ian Axel, Bess Rogers and Allie Moss at a House Concert

    Last night was our third time in four days seeing Ian Axel, Bess Rogers and Allie Moss perform (no big deal, don’t be too jealous). The last two shows were part of the Intergalactic Tour of the Universe and Beyond Tour. All three shows were unique because the venues were so different, as […]

  • Take You Out Dancing by Derek James

    I’ve written about Derek James a number of times (here’s the most recent one). For the lazy among you (I know, you’re too lazy to even raise your hands, right?), here’s the opening paragraph: Derek James has magical powers (at least over me). I am a very happy person, nearly 100% of the […]

  • Ian Axel, Bess Rogers and Allie Moss at The Falcon

    We love surprising musicians by showing up in places they’d never expect us. It’s way more fun when the venue is new to us and everything we read makes us think it will be a favorite, instantly. Such was the case last night. Having just seen Ian Axel the night before (Tuesday) at […]

  • Rosi Golan Lead Balloon CD Release Show at Bowery Ballroom

    I’m a very big fan of Rosi Golan. I love The Drifter and the Gypsy (until last week, Rosi’s most current CD). I love her side-project, The Open Sea (with Ari Hest). Their EP is extraordinary. The chance to see Rosi perform is good enough reason to come out. Add to that a […]

  • Ian Axel at Bowery Ballroom

    Continuing with the pattern started in my last post about The Spring Standards, I am separating this one out from the other two sets at last night’s Bowery Ballroom show. Ian Axel co-headlined Bowery Ballroom on May 24th, 2011 with The Spring Standards. Last night he co-headlined with Rosi Golan. Since that night, […]

  • The Spring Standards at Bowery Ballroom

    Last night was the fourth time we’ve seen The Spring Standards (third time for a full set). I’ve enjoyed all of them, but for me, last night was the best. That’s one of the reasons I chose to split last night’s show into three separate posts. Each act was so good that they […]

  • Rebecca Haviland at Rockwood Music Hall

    Rebecca Haviland is near the top of our list as both a person and an artist. We would twist ourselves into a pretzel to get to one of her shows. Thankfully, last night required no such acrobatics, given that we were next door at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 for an earlier show […]

  • Chris Ayer and Matt Simons at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

    Chris Ayer and Matt Simons were scheduled to have back-to-back full sets at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 last Saturday night (8/27/2011). Hurricane Irene had a different plan for NYC that night. Rockwood, along with nearly every other business in NYC, shut down for the weekend, canceling a highly anticipated night out for […]