Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:
DJANGO-A-GO-GO – Fri., 1/21 & Sat., 1/22 at Joe’s Pub
A weekend of Django Reinhardt’s music is never a bad thing. This weekend, Joe’s Pub is filling Friday and Saturday nights with an array of jazz/swing specialists to pay tribute to the iconic gypsy guitarist who, along with Stéphane Grappelli and others, helped shape modern music.
Friday night offers shows from Babik & Sinti String Quartet, Hot Club of Detroit, and Zaiti. Saturday night features Stephane Wrembel, Benoit Convert, Alfonso Ponticelli, and more. // $25 // 425 Lafayette St.
The Concretes – Sat 1/22, 8PM at The Bowery Ballroom
What if instead of the ’70s, Disco was invented after the millenium? Sweden’s The Concretes have an idea what that would sound like, and they’re starting to spread that sound far and wide. Their recent compositions are less a retro, loving homage to the era, and more a rethinking of our own modern dance music, with the keyboard-y, lava-lamp spirit that our parents’ dance music had. $15 // 6 Delancey Street.
Stephanie Rooker & The Search Engine – Sun. 1/23 8PM at Rockwood Music Hall
R&B vocalist Stephanie Rooker spent a good chunk of her early life in Africa, absorbing everything she could about the culture, the people, and most importantly, the music. This put her on a very clear course in her own musical expression and she has since been very active writing songs, recording CDs, and playing with some big names like Vernon Raid and John Medeski. This Sunday, she’ll be playing with her own stellar band, The Search Engine. FREE // 196 Allen Street.
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.