Weekend Music Picks

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

Aaron Dugan

AARON DUGAN – Friday Feb. 10 | 1am Rockwood Music Hall

Aaron Dugan is an experimental composer/guitarist hailing from Philadelphia. He studied Jazz Improvisation and Composition/Fundamentals with Ben Schacter and Jon Sheridan, and later with Social Research Jazz at the New School. He’s played with everyone from John Zorn and Jason Fraticelli to Matisyahu and Bootsy Collins — so he’s got the cred. And he’s got the chops. Check him out at Rockwood on Friday with guests Mark Guiliana, & Rob Marscher. FREE//196 Allen St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Julia Haltigan

JULIA HALTIGAN – Fri, Oct. 28 | 9PM at Rockwood Music Hall

Julia Haltigan has a sharply delivered, full bodied sound not all that dissimilar to other female retro-rockers like Amy Winehouse and Duffy, although Haltigan’s comes across a bit more voodoo vixen, than hotrods & high-waters.  Nestled somewhere in the middle of Wanda Jackson and early Roy Orbison,  Haltigan’s material gets lifted up by the shoulders of a stellar backing band and her own top-notch sepia-soaked voice. FREE//196 Allen St. 

Weekend Music Picks

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

Air Traffic Controller

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER – Fri, July 29 | 7PM at The Living Room

While most pop-rock bands are content to pick a key, strum 4 chords, and repeat a chorus 2.5 times, Air Traffic Controller compellingly thinks a little more before taking the plunge. The heart of Air Traffic Controller beats within the chest of songwriter Dave Munro, who was indeed at one time, an honest to goodness air traffic controller. The Boston native has since traded his radar for a guitar, and now travels the country playing songs made as much for the listening room as they are for the radio. FREE// 196 Allen St.

Weekend Kids’ Pick

New Village Music Festival Saturday in Tompkins Square Park.

On Saturday, July 23, Tompkins Square Park plays host to the New Village Music Festival. This free outdoor community concert features local musicians and performing artists. The event is billed as one that pays homage to traditional music while promoting elements of new fusion music. On 7th Street, between Avenues A and B, from noon to 6pm. Click here for a full listing of performers.

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