Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this week:
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.
PETER CASE – Sat., Mar 19 | 7PM at Mercury Lounge
Peter Case began his journey here in New York, but it was after making the trek to the West Coast that he found his voice and fully pursued his destiny as an artist, collaborating with the likes of John Hiatt and T-bone Burnett, just to name a few. Grammy nominated several times over, Case was out of the game for most of 2009 as complications from heart surgery kept him from performing. Now, pushing his latest release “Wig!,” Case appears to have picked up where he left off, with new found energy and top-notch songs. $15//217 E. Houston St.
MIKE BURNS / TIM ROBINSON – Sun., Mar 20 | 6PM at Rockwood Music Hall
While much of NYC’s music community has descended upon Austin, TX for SXSW, Mike Burns is an Austin musician who has traveled north. Burns, who has a real knack for melody, will be playing his acoustic pop songs at Rockwood on Sunday as part of a month long tour. Following Burns will be gritty song-smith Tim Robinson. Robinson, an exceptional songwriter and veteran of the downtown scene, will pay tribute to his longtime friend and musical accomplice, Jack Hardy, who passed away last week from cancer after a career that spanned over 35 years, produced hundreds of songs, and influenced countless emerging musicians. FREE//196 Allen St. St.
Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasleyprimarily 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.