It’s hard to believe that we still have almost 7 weeks before the actual start of Winter! I suspected this would be an early, cold Winter when I saw my first red and gold leaves in the middle of July! Prior to the last really bad Winter, about 3 years ago, I saw my first red leaf on July 26. This year it was about two weeks earlier than that! Could be a clue, so get ready for a long, cold, snowy Winter, and for everyone who doesn’t ski, snowboard, or indulge in other Winter sports and activities, sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Of course, the good news is it will probably be over by April! Ha ha!
Since there’s nothing earth shattering that happened in the music world since Lou Reed died, and since my deadline is looming, and since I do have a life with it’s attendant demands, this week’s column is gonna get right down to live music picks. Here we go.
Wednesday, November 6 – PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS continue their five night run at Best Buy Theater in Times Square, finishing up on Sunday.
Thursday, November 7 – Saturday night I was at a party and SPIV UK were playing. I had heard a lot about these guys and was interested in seeing them play. Well, they were pretty damn good, so I’m recommending their Artist in Residence series at Bearsville Theater, every Thursday this month, except, of course, for Thanksgiving, which falls on the 28th this year. So that would leave November 7, 14, and 21 for you to check out Spiv UK, who by the way, are a local band! If you’re in the city tonight, THE B-52’S are at Brooklyn Bowl, and if you feel like taking a drive, the great MARTY STUART is at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut. BTW, Marty’s guitarist, Kenny Vaughn, is the best guitar player in Nashville, which is to say, one of the best anywhere!
Friday, November 8 – The superlative OS MUTANTES stop by Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan to blow a few minds, just like they did at Bearsville Theater a few months ago. The great roots rock band, LUCERO, are at Terminal 5, HUGH POOL is at Rodeo Bar, and this week’s Pick of the Week, which I was gonna keep to myself, but no one’s getting in anyway, so I might as well let the cat out of the bag, is RONNIE WOOD and MICK TAYLOR at The Cutting Room tonight and tomorrow, with an unrelated and separate early show by Jefferson Airplane founder, MARTY BALIN, tonight only. Both Mick and Ronnie shows are completely sold out!
Saturday, November 9 – Only game in town tonight is ex-Moody Blues lead singer and Wings band member, DENNY LAINE, presenting an Abbey Road program that will include the album, Abbey Road, in it’s entirety, as well as many other hits recorded at the world famous studio, and Denny’s own hits with The Moody Blues and Wings.
Sunday, November 10- Wind down the weekend with A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR KWASI LESLIE, a young man battling Leukemia. Featured performers will be ALEXIS P. SUTER, AMY HELM, JOEY EPPARD, CHRIS GARTMANN, RAS T, and more. Please support this worthy cause, and have fun at the same time!
Monday, November 11 – There’s something called DYLAN FEST NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight and tomorrow, and ELVIS COSTELLO is also playing at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester tonight and tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 12 – JOHN FOGERTY at The Beacon Theater tonight and tomorrow, is my second Pick of the Week!
Wednesday, November 13 – CHRIS CORNELL of Soundgarden at UPAC, Kingston.
Thursday, November 14 – ELVIS COSTELLO at UPAC.
There’s your week in music. Enjoy!
Fred Perry is the owner of Reservoir Music Center on Route 28 in Kingston, and founding member of Alt-Country supergroup, The Brooklyn Cowboys, is from a 3rd generation musical family and lives in the Hudson Valley, where he does what he can to promote live music.