Weekend Music Picks

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

Laura Stevenson & the Cans

LAURA STEVENSON AND THE CANS – Fri, June 24 І 8PM at The Bowery Ballroom

Laura Stevenson, of Laura Stevenson and the Cans, comes with quite a pedigree. Her grandmother was a singer with Benny Goodman’s band, and her grandfather penned the classic “The Little Drummer Boy”. It’s undeniable, however, that Stevenson is completely “of” her generation. She crafts exquisitely melodic songs that gently float about, yet ultimately satisfy with a cracking thunder, whether by sound or by lyric. $15// 6 Delancey St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Foster McGinty

FOSTER MCGINTY - Fri, Apr 22 І 7:30PM at the Mercury Lounge

Combining squirmy stage antics with tight pants and Mad-Hatter chapeau Foster McGinty is a frontman through & through. Though beneath his pencil moustache, McGinty is a prolific writer, turning out song after song in a psychedelic 1970’s sex-rock style. A skilled riff-slinger, McGinty hits the Mercury stage on Friday to release his new recording “Chateau Fiasco“. $10//217 E. Houston St.

 

John Zorn & Abrons Produce Concert For Japan Benefit

Jazz icon and Lower East Side fixture John Zorn is putting his money where his mouth is, along with the Abrons Arts Center and a host of fantastic New York musicians. Zorn has returned to the Abrons to organize a Friday night concert benefiting the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan in March.

Zorn has a deep history with Japan, having worked there for several years in the ‘90s, and that personal connection triggered him to spring into action, team up with the Abrons Arts Center, and assemble nearly 20 top artists in an effort to raise funds for the cause.

The night will be split into two shows, an early set, and a late set. Among the congregating songsters are such heavyweights as Grammy award winners Norah Jones and Jesse Harris, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and Sex Mob. The Arts Center as well as the performers are donating their services to ensure that 100% of the funds generated go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. See below for a schedule and full listing of all the amazing talents participating in this special event.

TICKETS: $35-50

April 8 | 6:30 + 9:30 pm

6:30 PM:

THURSTON MOORE

MATTHEW SHIPP

GYAN RILEY

MASADA STRING TRIO

NED ROTHENBERG

ALHAMBRA TRIO WITH ROB BURGER

ERIK FRIEDLANDER

AYA NISHINA & FRIENDS

MIYA MASAOKA

JAMIE SAFT AND NEW ZION

TRIO
IKUE MORI & JOHN ZORN

ELLIOTT SHARP

MARK FELDMAN & SYLVIE COURVOISIER

MILFORD GRAVES

JACK QUARTET

9:30 PM:

NORAH JONES

JESSE HARRIS

VINICIUS CANTUARIA

BUKE AND GASS
J

G THIRLWELL’S MANOREXIA

ELYSIAN FIELDS

SEX MOB

For more information and to buy tickets, click here for the Abrons Arts Center website.

This Week’s Music Picks

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

New York Dolls

NEW YORK DOLLS – Thur., Mar 17 | 8PM at Bowery Ballroom

You know them – you love them. New York Dolls are back and hitting the stage at Bowery Ballroom. The Dolls first emerged in the 1970’s with what would originally seem a perplexing image combination consisting of a glam look and a rhythm & blues sound. But the groundbreaking group would soon win over legions of followers and carve out a place in New York’s dynamic musical history. Having disbanded as the 80’s neared, surviving members have reunited in recent years, with David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain remaining as the last two original members, keeping things dirty and dandy. $35// 6 Delancey St.

Power Punk Trio “Missy Sport” Debuts Album at Fontana’s Tonight

When Lo-Down Music Contributor Ken Beasley isn’t playing flamenco guitar, writing music and lyrics for his folk-roots-rock band Ken Beasley & Co. or reporting back to us about other fantastic musicians, he spends his time as lead guitarist of the power-punk three-piece band known as Missy Sport. Beasley tells us “the Sport” hails from a random basement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, “with musical roots sunk deep in the guts of dirty 1980s punk rock.”