Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this week:
CAILTIN ROSE – Sat, Aug 20 | 7:30PM at The Mercury Lounge
Native Nashvillian Caitlin Rose has the kind of disarming voice that should be weaving its way through the crackles of a gramophone. She sounds old school, but is definitely an artist of today. Her observational songs and soul-baring lyrics have been winning her fans and awards overseas for some time. Now, on tour supporting her domestic release of “Own Side Now,” she is grabbing the attention of stateside critics and building a hearty following across the country. $10// 217 E Houston St.
THE HALL & OATES SONGBOOK (Performed by the cast of Jersey Boys) – Sun, Aug 21 | 9PM at The Living Room
Ok, so you already automatically reach for the Best of Hall & Oates CD every time you plan for a roadtrip, and you’ve been to see Jersey Boys three times. What could possibly turn this Sunday night into an epic event you’ll never forget? How about a concert where the cast of Jersey Boys sing the 80’s duo’s greatest hits to help fight AIDS? The cast is taking the stage at the Living Room to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and they’re doing it all for your Private Eyes. $20//154 Ludlow St.
THE GUILFORD COUNTY KINGS – Sun, Aug 21 | 6PM Rockwood Music Hall
Consisting of banjoist Bennett Sullivan, guitarist and singer Logan Ledger, and Neil Pearlman on mandolin, The Guilford County Kings are the newest addition to the New York Bluegrass brotherhood. They’re fast and they’re plucky, and their tunes got all the mountain soul you’d expect from a solid bluegrass outfit. If you like your moonshine and that good ol’ fashioned music, check them out at Rockwood on Sunday. FREE// 196 Allen Street
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.