Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side for this weekend:
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.
BRICE RANDALL BICKFORD – Sat, June 25 І 8PM at the Living Room
Songwriter Brice Randall Bickford’s brand of Americana ranges from the soulfully atmospheric to bouncy pop. Based in Durham, NC, Bickford is a writer’s writer, and takes lyrical sketches and follows them as they develop into vast landscapes of imagery and emotion. He casually sings his lines with a mature voice that fits perfectly with his plucky guitar and piano arrangements. Currently, he’s touring around a bit as he prepares for the release of a new self-titled album. FREE //154 Ludlow St.
ANDREW ROSE GREGORY – Sun, June 26 І 9PM at Rockwood Music Hall
Andrew Gregory is back with a new album. Usually serving as 1/4 of the smart-ass Gregory Brothers (known for the internet phenomenon AutoTune The News), Andrew gets serious for a bit with his latest recording “Song of Songs”. The lush, orchestral album is based on the ancient Hebrew text about the origins of love & sex. A complex and ambitious project, the record was fully funded by fans making pledges through Kickstarter. FREE//196 Allen St.
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.