Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this week:
Spanish quartet Delorean have completed their 3rd studio album, called Subiza, and this Friday they are all too happy to splash their sunny dance rock all over downtown.
Band members pepper their descriptions of the recording with words like “positivity” and “upbeat;” after listening to the first track, “Stay Close,” you instantly know what they’re talking about. Named for the hilly Basque region where they lived during the production, Subiza mixes reverby vocals and major-key synth beats that are certainly well timed for summer rooftop parties.
$10 | Pianos – 158 Ludlow St.
JAY FARRAR + RICHARD BUCKNER – Saturday, June 5 at 8pm
Singer/songwriter Jay Farrar, most notably of iconic Americana groups Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, returns to New York on his one-man-and-a-guitar tour through New York, Virginia, and Missouri. Alt-country songwriter, and current Brooklyn resident, Richard Buckner will open the night with his round baritone voice and sensitive ballads.
$15 | The Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey Street
SASHA DOBSON + JESSE HARRIS – Saturday, May 29 at 9pm
The Rockwood Music Hall welcomes back New York darling Sasha Dobson this Sunday. With lazy grooves that straddle the line between jazz and folk, Dobson’s music has attracted both critical respect as well as a loyal following, and has led to natural collaborations with the likes of Richard Julian, Norah Jones, and Jesse Harris.
In keeping the evening all in the family, Dobson will be followed by Jesse Harris, known widely for penning the Grammy winning Norah Jones song Don’t Know Why. Harris’ mainstream career has been up and down over the years, but the fact is that his songwriting has remained steady and consistent, with plenty of heartfelt compositions and airy, sophisticated instrumentation.
Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasley primarily plays with his own roots/rock band, Ken Beasley & Co., as well as the power punk outfit Missy Sport, while also curating the Underground at the Abrons music series on the Lower East Side.