Bluegrass

Summer Festival Update (7/15 – 7/17), and Northside Memories

Thinking of heading up to the mountains this summer?

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Some music festivals take a journey to see. For this weekend, here’s a suggestion for the Catskills but also a nice outdoor band line-up in Bushwick for those who prefer to stay close to the L train.

Plus, a reminiscence about Northside Festival. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Everything Old is New Again (3/3 – 3/6)

Ah, nostalgia

Some songs and memories never leave us.

This weekend there are local opportunities to hear rockabilly, electronica, club, and calypso tunes that have stood the test of time.

Let’s begin tonight (3/3) with longtime road warrior Wayne “The Train” Hancock ringing out his Texas twang at the Knitting Factory.

I’ve been following Mr. Hancock since we were both living in Austin in the mid ’90s. All those gimmicky rockabilly bands floating around Brooklyn lately can’t hold a candle to him. Continue reading

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Electric Bluegrass: Michael Daves Debuts New Album Friday Night (3/4)

To paraphrase a quote ascribed to Austrian composer Gustav Mahler: Tradition is not preserving the ashes, but tending the flame.

Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Michael Daves recently recorded twelve traditional bluegrass tracks for his album Orchids and Violence (Nonesuch Records), then set down an additional twelve tracks that took those same songs and added the trappings of rock and electric instrumentation.

On Friday night at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave), Daves will be joined by a dazzling roster of the musicians who contributed to the album, as well as a special surprise guest or two. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: From Club to Bluegrass with Headbanging in between (3/27-29)

Abby Hollander plays Skinny Dennis Sunday nightAbby Hollander plays Skinny Dennis Sunday night

 
There is a spirit of cautious optimism in our neighborhood this week. Ice has disappeared from the sidewalks. There are fewer sightings of G train commuters cobbling together bus and Uber rides after unannounced service delays. In fact, some have even suggested that the G is a more reliable train than the neighboring line to our south. It’s a great time to celebrate with some notable live music.

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