GLOBESONIC this Friday, plus JOE'S PUB presents , One Ring Zero with Rick Moody, Pete Yorn, Baby Loves Jazz with John Medeski and Sharon Jones and much, much more!!!
- ...I heard telephones, opera house, favourite melodies
I saw boys, toys electric irons and t.v.s
My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare
I had to cram so many things to store everything in there
And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
I never thought Id need so many people
...We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that's all we've gotFive years
Five yearsFive yearsFive years- David BowieYes, I'm back from vacation, and just marked my 5th anniversary here at Joe's Pub, and what an amazing trip it's been, nearly 2,500 shows later. (Please don't ask how many of them I've actually attended. The number is way too high....)But with weeks like this one, which I'll mostly just let you read about below, it's no wonder I am here so much - smart and tuneful lit rock from One Ring Zero with guests Rick Moody and Claudia Gonson of Magnetic Fields; hilarious alt comedy from Eugene Mirman, Michael Showalter and more as part of our series with The Onion; hard swinging jazz for the whole family in two matinees with the Baby Loves Jazz band, featuring John Medeski from MMW, Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings, Steven Bernstein of Sex Mob and the MTO, and more ; the incredibly fun, swinging re-imagined rock and new wave standards from our new favorites The New Standards, featuring some of Minneapolis' finest - alums of The Suburbs, Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic (and check out their feature in the new Time Out NY!) a musical and film tribute to Nick Drake assembled by Phil Roy; all star songcircles and onstage interviews shows with Joy Askew and her guests Soozie Tyrell (Bruce Springsteen band), Willie Nile and Chris Harford; a live webcast of In the Attic with Rachel Fuller and her very special friends; a provocative musical examination of the American identity by Joel Harrison & Free Country on 9-11; the celebration of the latest releases by Pub faves ETHEL and Marta Topferova, and so much more.Many special shows are already sold out - see below right for the list of those, as well as early warnings about new shows added or about to sell out, so you don't get shut out, and get ready for more terrific shows, including the return of DanceNow NYC's Fall Festival (featured in the current Voice), and some of my favorite world music - Otto - from Brazil in his first NYC show in about 8 years, who should not be missed! on Sunday Sept 17, and a great double bill with Chris Berry of Pangea, and the Kenyan/Washington DC collaboration Extra Golden, making their NY debut, thanks to a recommendation from our friends in Tinariwen.Before I get downstairs to catch Richard Bona's and the Mosquitos' sets, just a reminder about two things.
First, GlobeSonic Sound System is back - I'll be djing again with Derek and Fabian this Friday night - for Free 7 - 11 pm at Riverside Park South along with the Body Temple Drummers. Last months crowd had literally a 60-year age span from toddlers to seniors to Burning Man ravers, and was one of the best gigs we've had. It's a gorgeous urban pier, and the perfect way to say goodbye to the summer, or hello to the autumn.....Be there. Info below.Riverside Park South | The Pier on 68th Street & the Hudson River
GlobeSonic Sound System w/The Body Temple Drummers
7-11 pm | FreeSecond, our friend Tom Terrell, a wonderful friend both personally and of quality music of all stripes and sizes who has worked as a dj, journalist, label publicist and much more is in need of help. Like too many of my friends - musicians, freelance journalists, artists of all kinds - he has no health insurance, and was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Many of his friends have come together to create an incredible night of music by artists hand-picked by Tom that reflect his far-flung tastes, and with the help of Giant Step, there is a benefit concert at the Canal Room on Monday night. The line-up as listed is pretty incredible, and believe me when I tell you there a few surprises in store that make a ridiculously hot show even more essential.Featuring Angelique Kidjo, Alfredo 'Catfish' Alias, Butch Morris, Coati Mundi, Craig Street, Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation), Greg Osby, Harriet Tubman, James Hurt, Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell, Kenny Barron, Liberty Ellman, Marc Anthony Thompson, Marc Cary, Meshell Ndegeocello, Morley, Nora York, Oren Bloedow, Stephanie McKay, Vernon Reid and surprise guests to be announced.Come cause you love Tom; come cause you love great music; come cause it's 9-11, and you love life and want to celebrate all the good things that are in the world. Just come. See below to buy tix for that.That's all for now - see you soon!