DJ Added: Tuesday, July 14
BARRINGTON LEVY ***- DJ ALEXANDRA RICHARDS (Keith Richard’s daughter) and SPIRITUAL REZ NB: SRO Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $22 adv, $27 at door
New Show Added: Friday, August 7 A Tribute to THE DOORS with THE SOFT PARADE NB: SRO Doors at 11:30pm, Show at Midnight $12.50 adv, $15 at door
The Soft Parade is revered worldwide as THE premiere Doors tribute show. They recreate, with stunning accuracy, the primal, poetic atmosphere of a vintage Doors concert. The Soft Parade has toured 20 countries, been joined onstage by original Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide. Their impeccable reputation and loyal international following has enabled them this year to celebrate their 19TH Anniversary. The Soft Parade was formed in 1990 by lead vocalist Joe Russo. His goal was to re-create – for today’s audiences – the theatrical, poetic, primal atmosphere of a live Doors concert. He has succeeded. The Soft Parade stands as the most fascinating, convincing example of a tribute performance there could ever be.
Wednesday, August 26 METAL CHURCH have cancelled their tour Refunds are available at point of purchase
New Show Added: Tuesday, October 6 NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $35 adv, $40 at door The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. Forty-two years later, the quartet (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen) is still going strong. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, included the pop hit “Buy For Me The Rain.” But it was their 5th record, 1970’s Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, that would become band’s breakthrough project, yielding 3 pop hits including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.” Among the many outstanding tracks on Uncle Charlie was a version of Earl Scruggs’ “Randy Lynn Rag.” That cut set into motion what would become the Will the Circle be Unbroken album, a veritable summit of talent which included NDGB’s heroes: Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merel Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Circle… album, a three-LP set,recorded live in the studio in Nashville over six days in 1971, became a landmark event and a multi-platinum success. Circle remains such a significant effort that 30 years later it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress. In the early 80’s, after a few more pop hits, the band returned to Nashville once again and began what would become a highly successful career in mainstream country music. Hits that included “Dance Little Jean,” “Workin’ Man”, “Long Hard Road”, “Baby’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Fishin’ in the Dark” put them at the top of the country charts for over a decade. In 1989, the group revisited the Circle concept, gathering another impressive roster of performers (including Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash) for sessions that had a pronounced country-gospel feel. Circle II would go on to win three Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association Album of the Year. In 2002 Circle III (with many current artists added to the previous cast) received similar accolades and attention, garnering the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year award as well as leading to a 2005 Grammy for Country Instrumental Performance (with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar Clements). With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today.
New Show Added: Wednesday, October 7 DAVID KNOPFLER of DIRE STRAITS Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $25 adv, $30 at door Founder of Rock group Dire Straits, David has subsequently faithfully pursued his own musical vision, writing and producing his own compositions on ten solo CDs to date. Knopfler has been fortunate enough to reach a wide audience without compromising his art and while he’s enjoyed the respect and admiration of his musical peers, widespread critical acclaim, international awards and worldwide chart successes, has managed, in his own country, Britain, to keep a profile so low as to be nearly invisible. He lives quietly in the English countryside, notching up an impressive list of writing credits. A regular panelist at music conventions and lifelong member of organizations like Amnesty International and Adopt a Minefield, David has always made uncompromising life choices: “I don’t regard what I do as remotely glamorous. I write, record and perform my music because I completely love doing it and despite any so called celebrity status that sometimes comes with the job.”
New Show Added: Tuesday, October 20 PITBULL Part of The CMJ Music Marathon NB: SRO Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $21 adv, $26 at door Pitbull’s debut PGM/RCAMG release Rebelution, is scheduled for a September 1st, 2009 release. The album will be executive produced by super producer Jim Jonsin (Lil Wayne, T.I.) and will also feature production from Jonsin, alongside Lil Jon (Ciara, Usher), Mr Collipark (Soulja Boy), Play N Skillz (Lil Wayne, Chamillionaire), The Neptunes (Britney Spears, Justin, Jay Z) and others. Pitbull’s 2004 debut album M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue), featured the hit single “Culo” and became the biggest-selling bilingual debut since Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut in 1991. With five subsequent chart-topping albums and a multitude of hit singles, including “The Anthem” and “Krazy,” Pitbull continues to blaze trails and maintain his status as the #1 Latin artist on MySpace and beyond.
New Show Added: Friday, October 23 THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE Part of The CMJ Music Marathon NB: SRO Doors at 11:00pm, Show at 11:30pm $18 adv, $22 at door Consisting of singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online hip-hop community Okayplayer.com in 2002. After trading files through Instant Messenger for over a year, Nicolay and Phonte completed their debut album before they ever met each other in person. The album, “Connected,” was released in 2004 to positive reviews, and was praised by legendary DJ’s such as Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B, and electronica.
New Show Added: Sunday, November 8 TEENA MARIE NB: SRO Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $60 adv, $65 at door For nearly three decades, pint sized, soul-stirring songstress and four-time Grammy nominated singer Teena Marie has been an undeniable force in contemporary pop and R&B. Singer, songwriter, accomplished producer and arranger – she’s captured the hearts and spirits of millions of fans around the world with her versatility and style. Teena Marie’s storied journey to music superstardom blazed a path of musical empowerment admired by artists from all genres. Signed to her dream label – Motown Records – at age 19, her magic would become fully developed under the tutelage of the legendary Rick James. Her 1979 debut Wild And Peaceful, produced by James, garnered a #8 R&B single with “I’m A Sucker For Your Love.” One year later, her second and third albums, Lady T and Irons in the Fire produced the hit classics “Behind The Groove” and “I Need Your Loving” respectively. Ms. Marie also took creative control of her projects by this time, and in 1981, released the platinum selling It Must Be Magic which featured the up-tempo “Square Biz” and slow jam “Portuguese Love.” Teena Marie signed to Epic Records in 1983, and went on to record five more albums throughout the late eighties and early nineties, including Starchild and the hit single “Lovergirl” and Naked to the World which features one of her seminal hits, “Ooo La La La.” Ms. Marie independently released Passion Play on her own Sarai Records in 1994, but it wasn’t until ten years later that she would again share her talent with the world. As the sole artist signed to Cash Money Classics, the subsidiary of New Orleans rap entity Cash Money Records, Teena Marie released the successful La Doña in 2004, which yielded the grammy nominated #1 hit “Still In Love.”
New Show Added: Friday, January 1 A Birthday Tribute to BILLY JOEL with BIG SHOT featuring JOHN SCARPULLA from Broadway’s Movin’ Out Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $25 “Big Shot”, featuring the music of Billy Joel (and more) is comprised of musicians from Long Island and NYC that have performed, recorded, or toured with artists such as Hall and Oats, Michael Bolton, Tower of Power, Celine Dion, Huey Lewis, The Trans Siberian Orchestra, Billy Joel’s Broadway Musical Movin’ Out and most recently with Billy Joel at Shea Stadium. In addition to Billy Joel’s music, they will also amaze you with songs by artists like Journey, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Elton John and others. The band is fronted by the amazing vocals of singer/songwriter and piano man, Michael DelGuidice. Michael is a well known and respected Long Island musician. He has the innate ability to capture the essence of the heart and soul of Billy Joel’s Music, and many others. Billy Joel’s Music appeals to a broad audience across many generations. Big Shot is committed to the accurate production of Billy’s Repertoire, and is the band to see if you want the closest thing to a Billy Joel concert. So, not only for Billy Joel fans but music fans, the choice is clear: If you want to hear Billy’s music performed by world class musicians from Long Island and NYC or if you just want to see one of the best live rock bands performing today, look no further. Their reputation precedes them. In a New York Times article Billy Joel himself was quoted saying “They had a hard time convincing me it wasn’t me. It’s uncanny”