Review: Dan Auerbach & The Easy Eye Sound Revue at Brooklyn Steel

March 27 was a night full of croons and tunes with Dan Auerbach & The Easy Eye Sound Revue at Brooklyn Steel. The band made a pit stop at Brooklyn Steel before their March 28 show at the Capitol Theater.

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With Shannon and the Calms for an exhilarating opener, the sets were stocked with full-throttled vocals and hypnotic guitars. With country and rock influences, Auerbach’s solo album, Waiting on a Song, filled the house with fun, joy, and playful vibes. Only fools stood still that night – pretty much all of us were dancing with each lively and upbeat song.

Plus, with the Easy Eye Sound Revue iconic musicians from Nashville, the tunes were layered, complex, and so unbelievably catchy. Easy Eye Sound Revue includes Gene Chrisman on drums, Bobby Wood on keys and backup vocals, Russ Pahl on guitar, Dave Roe on bass and backup vocals, Pat McLaughlin on mandolin and backup vocals, and Dante Schwebel on guitar.

The musicians played with other legendary acts like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Aretha Franklin. In short, if you came to this show to have a ear-blowing good time, you certainly got your money’s worth.

Shannon Shaw opened the show with her retro-feel good band Shannon and the Clams, but she also returned to the stage to belt out some majorly memorable songs such as “Cold Pillows” and “Broke My Own” with the Easy Eye Sound Revue. If that didn’t sweeten up the set enough, Robert Finley also wowed the stage with his heartfelt, funny, and raw vocals. Besides getting lost in the music, the vocals that night from all of the acts were so raw and vulnerable, that it definitely made us feel some kind of way.

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Thursday Spotlight: Hyperrealistic Artist CJ Hendry’s Pantone Inspired Rooms are Surreal

Who said it ain’t easy being green?

If you didn’t get a chance to check out the local art here in the historic Leviton building during last year’s Greenpoint Open Studios, here’s a good reason to venture out to 276 Greenpoint Ave before the next one on June 2-3 (Mark your calendars!):  Greenpoint-based artist, CJ Hendry’s MONOCHROME is an immersive art installation where you can wander through seven rooms, designed in high saturation Pantone colors. Our favorite color, is of course the green kitchen.

Follow the yellow dots into a dark industrial hallway to the freight elevator, which will eventually open up into an expansive raw warehouse space that hosts the makeshift rooms.  Continue reading

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Weekly Roundup April 3–7: Openings at Cleopatra’s, Lucas Lucas, and More

A piece from Ryan Kitson’s present showing at Cleopatra’s

Is spring here yet? Debatable, but at least the snow is already clear, and galleries are opening their doors to let in fresh light, fresh sun, and fresh art. Tons of openings this week, folks: don’t miss any of the local talent on display in these myriad galleries. Continue reading

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Weekly Roundup March 28–31: Groupmuse and Rooftops and Egg, Oh My!

A Groupmuse concert from back in November

If you’re gonna be a heathen this Holy Week (happy Easter and Passover to those of you do-gooders), might as well indulge in some of the artistic, culinary, and musical happenings around the neighborhood.

A Classical Williamsburg Eve
Groupmuse | Williamsburg (full address given to attendees only)
Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30

More info, $3 to reserve and $10+ donation to the musicans

Groupmuse — the community-building and stereotype-breaking music series — is coming to Williamsburg this week. Here’s how it works: classical music enthusiasts open up their homes, announce an event on Groupmuse’s website, and then loyal audiences look for upcoming mini-concerts in their nabes. The host for this event will welcome two violinists; if it fills up, you can always search the site for future events (or host one yourself!).

Last Call: Kombrewcha closes National Women’s Month
Egg | 138 North 8th Street
Friday, March 30 from 2–4 PM
More info, $5 ticket(/donation!)

After a month of celebrating boss ladies everywhere, Kombrewcha is closing out National Women’s Month at Egg Shop Williamsburg. Attendees are invited to kick-off the holiday weekend with a free Kombrewcha cocktail or bottle (and a few light bites!) and raise a glass to the power of women. RSVP here.

Karin Campbell’s “Sunnyside”
106 Green Art Gallery | 106 Green Street
Opening Reception on Saturday, March 31 from 6–8 PM
More info, Free

106 Green is pleased to present “Sunnyside,” a solo exhibition of new works by Karin Campbell. The exhibition will be open from March 31–April 29. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-5. Karin Campbell’s work exudes an ecstatic painterliness: Energetic brushwork, bright colors, and wild shapes come together in joyful and rambunctious compositions. She draws from the language of cartoons, gestural abstraction, and notebook doodles. The paintings are animated, full of movement, but balance extroverted expression with interior contemplation.

Rooftop Barter
Mothership NYC | 252 Green Street
Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 1–5 PM
More info, Cost? Hmm…

Books with forgotten notes, pots from a drunk purchase, potteries from the Oaxaqueño valleys… Do you have stories behind the things you own? Jue, Mothership’s artist-in-residence, has been contemplating the objects of her life over the past month and will be hosting a rooftop barter this weekend. Like a yard sale, you will find everything from silverware to original artworks. Unlike a yard sale, no monies will be exchanged at this barter.

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Turn Down For What?! Greenpointers Is Seeking A Music Editor!

DiscoBall-GoodRoom-Greenpoint-MPAre you in a band, or do you DJ? Are you the person whose friends always ask what’s the best album out right now? Do you keep tabs on the concerts happening in our neighborhood? Do you write and/or photograph?

We’re looking for a Music Editor to join us! You will be responsible for keeping up with the local music scene and creating a weekly music roundup post, managing and writing stories of your own, and assigning stories to contributing writers. In addition to hitting up shows frequently and interfacing with venue owners and publicists, we have monthly Editors meetings you should be able to attend as well. Hopefully you’re as comfortable headbanging at a metal show at St. Vitus as you are interviewing the latest indie rock crooner at Brooklyn Steel (and afterward, bouncing over to Good Room to check out a DJ from Berlin). You must be social media savvy, highly knowledgable about North Brooklyn (you live here!), and have a great personality and fun writing style. You should be comfortable with technology, as you will be working in WordPress and using our content management platform (it’s not hard, and we’ll teach you).

This position is paid per post written and per post edited.

Apply here or in the form after the jump. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Artist Richard Humann on An Evolving Neighborhood

Richard Humann

I met artist Richard Humann on a Queens-bound G train in the summer of 2015. He was reading a book about Chinatown and I asked him if it was good. It wasn’t, he noted, but we talked and we stayed in touch, sharing our memories and dreams of Brooklyn. He’s traveled the world for his award-winning art, but since 1985 Greenpoint has always been home. While he can’t recall creating any conscious odes to Greenpoint in his work, the neighborhood and its residents have undoubtedly influenced him in his decades here.

When he moved to Brooklyn from his hometown of Stony Point, New York (“I would say it’s like an hour north of the city but it’s a million miles away”) after college, he shacked up on Meserole Avenue. In the years since, he’s migrated a mere block over. “I never left,” he smiles. When he first moved to Greenpoint, Humann recalls that Williamsburg was considered a hotter area because it was more rough and tumble – south of 7th Street wasn’t considered safe. He had shows in both neighbs though, from the Minor Injury Gallery – one of North Brooklyn’s first as far as he’s aware – to Williamsburg’s Pan Arts gallery, both long closed.

He’s stayed put as the neighborhood changed over the years along with the rest of the borough and city. I spoke with him about his thoughts on gentrification, the bad old days, bygone businesses, and what the future holds for Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Art Roundup 3/23-3/25: Exhibit Openings/Closings, Holy Week, and Comedy

Has spring sprung? Based on the umpteenth nor’easter we endured this week, it might not seem so — but the cold is not stopping these galleries from being in full spring swing. Here’s your weekend roundup — brush off your snow boots, fight the impulse to stay in your cozy shoebox, and go support local art! Quick plug: want your gallery opening/exhibit unveiling to be listed on Greenpointers? Email Billy at [email protected]!

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Park Church Co-Op Exhibition Highlights Female Voices this Holy Week

We all know the Twelve Apostles’ reactions to Jesus’ resurrection. From joyous celebration to Thomas the Doubter’s human skepticism, you might say their responses were the original OMG. But it was women who first encountered Jesus outside the tomb, and men considered their reports “ides tales.” Greenpoint’s Park Church Co-Op, the liberal Lutheran church focused on radical love and inclusion,  is reclaiming these female voices, defiantly (and hysterically) calling men’s history of outshining female voices “mansplaining the resurrection.”

Citing the #metoo movement as an opportunity to empower women’s voices that are often overshadowed in the Bible, Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street) will commemorate this Holy Week — the day’s leading up to Jesus’ resurrection — by bringing together artists from varying cultural and religious backgrounds to discuss themes of justice and gender. Curated by Concetta Abbate and Pastor Amy Kienzle (one of Brooklyn Magazine‘s Top 100 Influencers), this Friday’s exhibit opening, from 6 to 10 PM, jumpstarts a week of events that blend art, religion, and activism. The exhibition will continue through April 1, Easter Sunday.

As with any wholesome and hip church, all are welcome.

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Poetry + Paintings from the Backwoods of Alabama at Calico on Thursday (3/22)

Calico Gallery, Field For Ballads with Hannah Hill and Hannah Aizenman's work
Calico Gallery, Field For Ballads, showing the work of Hannah Hill and Hannah Aizenman’s work

A few weeks ago, Calico Gallery (67 West Street #203) opened Field For Ballads, an exhibition of works by two Brooklyn women originally from Alabama, painter Hannah Hill and writer Hannah Aizenman (who is Poetry Coordinator for The New Yorker). The exhibit, curated by artist Frank Schellace, pairs several of Hill’s beautiful color changing (!) paintings with Aizenman’s words running down the wall and onto the floor. The room, with a few earth-toned fabric covered stools and a stag fern from Dobbin Street shop Feng Sway, feels like a reading room, with copies of a limited-run book of poetry and images. Shellace’s goal was to give viewers an intimate storytelling experience, transporting them deep into the backwoods and folklore of Alabama from the confines of a small, hip Brooklyn gallery. “The show was conceived with the notion of what it means to be a Southern transplant in Brooklyn,” Hill says.

This Thursday night (March 22nd) at 7pm, the gallery is hosting a reading and artist/curator walkthrough. The show is elegant, philosophical and powerful, and though the work gives impressions of the past the show feels modern and fresh. Thursday’s reading is a fantastic way to fully experience the work at its full intention. Continue reading

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Dreampop Band Glass Valley Just Blessed Us with a New Video

Screenshots from “When You See Him (Mellow Traveler)”

It’s time for some chill vibes. Williamsburg dreampop band Glass Valley is here to help you get into the groove. If you’re looking for some dreamy-meets-poignant tunes, then check these tunes. Glass Valley’s latest video release for the song, “When You See Him (Mellow Traveler)” serves up a lush, introspective feel. With vintage influences and an eye for keen observation, the video was shot in La Paz, Bolivia with Bolivian actors by director Erix Antoine.
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