There’s a hurricane comin’ on, my son’s visiting from California, and they cancelled tonight’s Social Distortion show at The Chance, so we’re gonna go straight to this week’s live music picks.
Halloween, Wednesday, October 31 – It seems like everyone did their Halloween partying over this past weekend, so the day, itself, may be a bit of a letdown. Then again, maybe not! THE CONNOR KENNEDY BAND will be at The Bearsville Theater performing the music of The Allman Brothers Band, and, in the city, JACKIE GREENE is at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Americana Roots Rockers, RECKLESS KELLY, is at The Bowery Ballroom, and the big show tonight is SMASHING PUMPKINS at The Barclay Center in Brooklyn.
Thursday, November 1 – The choices are slim tonight. Upstate, we’ve got DOCTOR JOHN and THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA at The Palace Theater in Albany, and downstate, TOM TOM CLUB at The Brooklyn Bowl.
Friday, November 2 – Again, upstate, JACKIE GREENE returns to The Bearsville Theater, and downstate, CHRIS ISAAK is at The Beacon Theater.
Saturday, November 3 – All shows tonight are in the city. Former Parliament/Funkadelic keyboard whiz, BERNIE WORRELL and his orchestra are at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, Former J. Geils Band frontman, PETER WOLF starts a two day run at City Winery, and #1 Itunes Reggae chart topper, J. BOOG, is at BB King’s. My son produced and engineered J. Boog’s chart topper, so if any of my friends are reading this, meet me down there.
Sunday, November 4 – PETER WOLF concludes his engagement at City Winery, and upstate, The BANJO SUMMIT is at The Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, featuring arguably the top three banjo players in the world, BELA FLECK, TONY TRISHKA, and BILL KEITH. This really has to be a Pick of the Week!
Monday, November 5 – New Orleans R n B and Funk royalty, IVAN NEVILLE brings his DUMPSTAPHUNK to The Highline Ballroom, along with highly regarded Big Easy guitarist, ANDERS OSBORNE.
Wednesday, November 7 – The second Pick of the Week is former Thirteenth Floor Elevators frontman, and noted mental patient, ROKY ERICKSON, who will be at The Bell House in Brooklyn, and PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS begin their invasion of the East Coast with three nights at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, concluding on November 9.
Have a great week, and please don’t forget to tune in to The Little Delaware Jamboree on WIOX, 91.3 FM, and on the web at www.wioxradio.org, every other Monday evening at 8:30 for my radio version of this column. The next show will be November 12.
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.