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Concert Watch February 2010

So the cold, cruel North Wind may blow, but sure isn’t stopping bands coming from the balmier parts of the country to play in NYC.

Washington State may not be particularly balmy right now, but it is quite a distance for the folk darling Brandi Carlile to come to play just for you. This Wednesday, the 3rd, she’ll be performing a sold out show at Ridgefield Playhouse. If you don’t have tickets, try to find some online, because she’s an extremely powerful singer. Check out this weird but fun video for her latest hit “Dreams” off her third album Give Up the Ghost.

On second review, the video is a little creepy – mostly because she sings half of the song with her eyes closed, lying down in the crook of a willow tree. But we’ll let it slide because it’s such a strong song.

Giveaway! Head over to the Listener Advisory Board right now to win some tickets to see the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures at the Roseland Ballroom on February 8th. You can read about them in this post from last November.

The men of Delta Spirit, lead singer Matt Vasquez second from left

Coming from a really warm clime is the California band, Delta Spirit. Coming out of San Diego, the band’s only been around since 2005, and have only released one full-length album, Ode to Sunshine. Well they’re playing four whole shows in NYC this month, on the 4th and the 11th at Pianos, and the 5th and the 12th at Union Hall in Brooklyn. You may have heard their song “People C’mon” on the Peak

They’ll be playing that and other songs of Ode to Sunshine, hopefully in addition to a few sneak peeks off of their upcoming record, History from Below, due out in May.

Here’s the video for “People C’mon”, lying at  the intersection of art and violence:

Speaking of a lot of shows, Citizen Cope a.k.a. Clarence Greenwood is playing five already sold out shows in NYC. The 10th and 11th, he’ll be at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and then on the 12th,

Citizen Cope

13th and 14th he’s relocating to the Bowery Ballroom. The reason he’s selling out all of these shows is that on Tuesday he’s releasing his third album The Rainwater LP, especially important since the now brooklyn-based artist hasn’t released anything since his Clarence Greenwood Recordings in 2004.

That’s a jam-packed week, because just before Citizen Cope gets to the Ballroom, the Aussie John Butler Trio will be headlining there. They’ve got an album coming out soon too; April Rising, the band’s fifth.

Then on the 16th, after Mr. Cope clears out, Phish’s Trey Anastasio will be taking over Bowery Ballroom. He’s hitting the road again starting on the 8th in Virginia with his “Classic Trey Anastasio Band (TAB)”. He says he’ll be trying out some new songs – in his words, TAB “is sort of a breeding ground for Phish material”. You can check out the interview with him that I was reading here.

Now you may be reading this and thinking to yourself “Gee, how did I not know that Bowery Ballroom was such a groovy place? Why don’t I go there all the time?” And the answer is because if you just go to Bowery Ballroom then you would miss Eric Clapton coming to Madison Square Garden!

Jeff Beck, left and Eric Clapton, right

That’s right, Thursday and Friday, February 18th and 19th Eric Clapton will be playing two shows at the Knicks’ home, with long time fellow guitarist Jeff Beck. Beck just yesterday won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his work on “A Day In The Life” off of his 2009 Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s. This makes him a five-time Grammy winner, which is also how many Grammys Beyonce won last night.

John Mayer

If that’s not enough stardom for you, John Mayer will be playing on the 25th and 26th, with guest Michael Franti on the “Battle Studies Tour”. Everyone knows John Mayer now, and a growing number of people know Mr. Franti through his super catchy song “Say Hey” off of 2008’s All Rebel Rockers.

Finally, don’t miss Umphrey’s McGee coming to Nokia Theater on the 25th also. They played last year at Summerstage in Central Park, and it was a really fun show. If you’re thinking about going, practice your “U” hand signs well in advance.

Phew! Well happy concert hunting in New York’s back yard – and don’t let these winter blues get you down.


[If you end up going to one of these or any other concerts this month please let us know how it was – if you met the band, or even if you just moshed a little bit.]



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Party with The Peak

In just over two weeks on December 4th, The Peak is going to be releasing Peak Performances Volume 2. Now, being with The Peak has its perks – I’ve heard a few of the tracks and let me tell you they sound great. The tracks were all recorded in ACME Studios in Mamaroneck with Grammy winner Rory Young at the helm. The record contains artists ranging from Andrew Bird, Willie Nile, Rob Thomas, and Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam who play at this summer’s Pleasantville Music Festival.

I could talk all day about the album, but what’s really exciting is the CD release party that’s lined up.

Chris Guice, Andy Letke and Kevin Ansell of deSoL

Headlining at the part is deSoL, coming all the way from exotic Asbury Park, New Jersey who we’re very excited to host. As you might imagine from their name, they put a Latin twist on World Class Rock. They’ve been playing together for almost ten years now – and if you haven’t seen them yet, what better opportunity to do so than on the fourth with your favorite radio station? Plus, deSoL is getting hot: All Music Guide said that, “deSoL is a band to pay very close attention to.” So why not catch them when they’re playing your own back yard.

Michael Nappi

Opening up the show are two more great performances – first up is Westchester’s own Michael Nappi, who’s single “7:26” is going to be on the Peak Performances Vol. 2. Following Nappi is The Evan Watson Band. Evan Watson, who’s voice is perhaps simplistically described as croon somewhere between Derek Trucks and John Mayer. Evan was born out in Indiana, but now lives in New York. Fun fact: his backing band members are known as “The Headless Horsemen”. I must have been channeling this performance two weeks ago.

Evan Watson

But heads or no heads, the show is going to be fantastic – it’s held at a new venue called “LIFE the place to be” located in Ardsley. Get all the information for the event at The Peak’s Website by clicking here.

When you get there, be sure to say hi to all of our radio staff including the behind the scenes heroes like Kat Suda, our Promotions Director or Rob Dellagreca, our Sales Manager.

…and check out the “This Week” page for some great clips of the bands!



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