We here at the Listening Room have tried to keep our readers up to date on upcoming shows. So, here we are again.
We’ll leave the Big Apple alone for now, but here’s a rundown of some noteworthy shows scheduled for the Lower Hudson Valley in the coming month or two.
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Singer, songwriter, artist, author and talkshow host Henry Rollins kicks off our list. The former Black Flag frontman will be at he Tarrytown Music Hall this coming Sunday.
On April 8 there’s a good pairing: Alejandro Escovedo and Graham Parker are on stage. This will be a good show, and if you don’t know Escovedo you might be in for a pleasant surprise. If you don’t know Graham Parker then shame on you.
The historic Tarrytown venue will also host former Yankee-turned-jazz guitarist Bernie Williams on April 23. This is no joke: If you haven’t heard the man play you might be surprised. He stands on his own merit musically, whether or not his first career was shagging fly balls.
Then on April 25, the Music Hall is due to feature two legendary musicians: Former Byrd’s co-founder Roger McGuinn and John Sebastian, who has earned his musical stripes both with the Lovin’ Spoonful and as a solo artist.
Speaking of which, the Irvington Town Hall Theater has the Lovin’ Spoonful on stage on April 11.
Talking about legendary music, the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill has the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their calendar for March 26.
Moving north, the Towne Crier in Pawling has Suzanne Vega scheduled for April 30.
Finally, we’re liking some of the upcoming shows at the Turning Point Cafe in Piermont. If you haven’t been, it’s like watching quality music in your basement, albeit with a better sound system. But it’s a very intimate place to see a show.
Among the more notable shows at the Turning Point will be Shemekia Copeland on March 27. She’s the daughter of the late, great blues legend Johnny “Clyde” Copeland. She’s also worth the price of admission. The Piermont cafe was a regular stop for her father, and it’s nice to see Shemekia keeping the tradition alive.
Then, on April 10, the cafe has David Johansen pencilled in. Johansen was a punk legend as frontman for the New York Dolls, and later scored both as a solo artist and under the stagename Buster Pointdexter. He’s also worked as an actor and recently reformed the Dolls.
Our sleeper pick is also at the Turning Point. That’s on April 23, when Kim Simmonds and Leslie West are scheduled to perform. West is one of the premier rock guitarist of all time, and fronted Mountain, best known for the classic “Mississippi Queen.” But don’t overlook Simmonds. He’s one of the most overlooked electric blues players of rock era. A former co-founder of Savoy Brown, he was a contemporary with Clapton, Beck, Page and others from the rock-blues generation.
Also, looking ahead a little the Turning Point will host Willie Nile on May 7.
That’s it for now, but keep reading the Listening Room for upcoming shows, features and other music goodies.
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