Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this week:
KELLEY MCRAE – Thursday, May 25 at 9pm
Kelley McRae spent some years as a visual artist and a stage actress, and it shows in her music. On her new CD Highrises in Brooklyn, each song finds itself in a completely unique setting, not just through the story of the lyrics or the notes of the melody, but as if in an all-around different place. The title song Highrises in Brooklyn, is right in the radio-friendly electro-fusion territory, while Sparrow is a classic girl-with-a-guitar introspective ballad, and her breakout song Johnny Cash could easily hold its own among any Nashville offering of the last 15 years.
$7 // The Livingroom – 154 Ludlow St.
DAPHNA MOR – Friday, May 28 at 8pm
Atmospheric recorder player, Daphna Mor, is classically trained but is not confined to the classical genre. As young as she is, Mor has become renowned as a recorder soloist, and has gone her own musical way by combining roots from Israel with experiences touring the globe to create compositions that carry the listener through an ever-changing landscape of places and cultures. She’ll be playing with musical partner of equal talent Nina Stern, the other half of the world music duo East of the River.
$10 // The Stone – Avenue C @ E. 2nd Street
FREE ENERGY – Saturday, May 29 at 9pm
Philadelphia’s Free Energy boasts a very appropriate name, as their retro-rock sound will definitely have you feeling energized and free. Wearing their influences on their sleeves, they’ll be playing the Bowery Ballroom this Saturday, and taking you through happy hippy riffs that would have fit snugly in the 70’s scene.
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.