Come See Our CMJ LES Showcase Winner Tonight!

DESERT SHARKS - Photo: Karen Seifert

The LoDown’s upcoming CMJ showcase is shaping up nicely. We have some outstanding bands set to perform on Oct 18th at Fontana’s, including LessAndrew Vladeck, and Saadi. PLUS, following a great response from our open call for LES based groups, we’ve made our pick for the show’s opener:

Kicking things off that night will be guitar crunching, heavy rock band DESERT SHARKS. The all-girl, 4-piece rock assemblage holds true to the movement started way back by groups like the Runaways, and furthered through the 90’s by the likes of Veruca Salt and the Breeders. That being said, it’s 2011, and make no mistake Desert Sharks are doing it their way.

Come to Fontana’s on the 18th, and see what we’re talking about!

$10 // 8pm // 105 Eldridge St.


Open Call For The Lo-Down’s CMJ Showcase at Fontana’s, Oct. 18th!

The Lo-Down is teaming up with Fontana’s on Eldridge Street to put on an October CMJ concert showing off the best of what the Lower East Side has to offer.

The Lower East Side has always been a fountain of musical talent. From Irving Berlin to The Velvet Underground to Lady Gaga — our neighborhood has inspired songs like Suzanne Vega’s “Ludlow Street” and “The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side” by The Magnetic Fields.

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:

GIVERS – Saturday, Nov. 6 | 7:30pm at Mercury Lounge

Givers (avoiding the urge to say THE Givers) come all the way from Louisiana, and they have a lot to give indeed. I’m a sucker for groups with two lead vocalists, and their constant switching between guy and gal vocals definitely hooked me. Thankfully, that’s not the extent of their uniqueness. The arrangements they create are definitely soundscapes.