Taj Mahal and Los Lobos at Tarrytown Music Hall
Feels like we got two shows for the price of one Friday night! Kudos to the folks doing the booking at Tarrytown Music Hall — what a treat to see Taj Mahal and Los Lobos on the same bill. Each did a set solo, with the Taj Mahal Trio opening the show and performing material from an impressive catalog developed over his 40-plus years performing, including classics such as “Fishin’ Blues.”
Los Lobos came on about ten and mixed in covers like “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (and a “Turn on Your Lovelight” tease) along with their original material, including tunes from their latest “Tin Can Trust.” Just a little after 11 p.m., Taj Mahal joined them for a two-song encore of “Guantanamera” and a favorite of Deadheads everywhere, the Hunter/Garcia “Bertha,” that had the whole music hall crowd up and dancing.
Although I just served as a grunt (and lowly scribe), I’m delighted to announce the fifth annual Maple Street Yankee Annual, this one subheaded 2011. Compiled by the brilliant writer, editor (and Yankee fan) Cecilia Tan, the annual is a grab bag of everything a Yankee enthusiast would want at this soon-to-be magical time of year. Continue reading
Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield with Larry Campbell's house band at City Winery
So sorry that we are booked, but so excited that we were able to make the live rehearsal show at City Winery (fabulous Manhattan venue, by the way) for the Carnegie Hall benefit that’s happening Thursday night. From having attended the concerts showcasing the music of Bob Dylan (at Lincoln Center) and Bruce Springsteen (at Carnegie Hall with an appearance by Bruce himself), there was no doubt that it would be a great evening of music and this show did not disappoint (showcasing Neil Young, how could it).
Enjoyed a great steak dinner here in what has become an off-season tradition for us.
In what has become an off-season tradition for us, Dan and I braved the snow flurries to head in to New Rochelle for dinner at Mo’s New York Grill
with fellow Yankee fans Sharon and Bob. We’ve been scheduling up a dinner at Mo’s with them between the end of the season and an annual trek down to Tampa for spring training for a couple years now.
That’s how the Tarrytown Music Hall billed their January 1 show with headliner Gregg Allman, and it didn’t disappoint. Jamoie’s Jasssz Band opened — blues, R&B and so much more; we’re used to seeing him on percussion with the Allmans but this band is a treat!
When I first saw the stage setup diagram on Ticketmaster for last night’s Prince show at Madison Square Garden when buying tickets, I was having trouble imagining how the glyph was going to translate into a stage environment. There was no need to have spent a moment thinking about it — it was fabulous! As was his purpleness, breaking out many of the tunes we all not-so-secretly wanted to hear from his catalog.
View From 420b
Bronx, N.Y., July 13, 2010 — For a few, George Steinbrenner was a bad guy from the beginning, but most in New York were happy with The Boss once the Yanks quickly won the AL pennant three times and the World Series twice, in 1977 and 1978. But people were crazed about things even then, among all the winning. Bringing in Catfish was a solid plus, but Reggie was disruptive from the outset, and signing high-priced but oft-injured arms like Don Gullet and Andy Messersmith caused lots of jealousy on an already solid staff. Continue reading
Looking forward to the Furthur shows we’re going to at MCU Park (a.k.a. Keyspan Park) at the end of this month, but the last time I’d been to Coney Island was with one of my freshman-year college roommates, who was a born-and-bred Brooklyn girl.
I’ve been seeing the Allmans for as long as I can remember — the first time at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City in the 70s, and tonight at the United Palace in Washington Heights. I got a personal favorite (“Revival”) to end the first set, and Dan got one of his favorites (“One Way Out”) in the second set. Continue reading
Al Kooper's birthday bash at B.B. King's
We experienced the only high side (aside from all the hilarious late night fodder we had for weeks) of the ending of the Conan O’Brien stint on the Tonight Show when guitarist Jimmy Vivino joined the Al Kooper 66th birthday celebration at B.B. King’s Friday night. Jimmy, member of the seminal New York band Prisoners of 2nd Avenue, one fourth of the excellent Beatles cover band the Fab Faux and a regular at Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles in the barn in homey Woodstock, has been on the wrong coast almost continuously since Al’s 65th celebration last year, and New York has missed him. Continue reading