Archive for April, 2014

Bright Night Ahead

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

Brian Speaker, recently wed, is apparently no longer a Dark Dude. He’s putting together some music tonight (Wednesday, that is) and the darkness, it seems, has been lifted.

With a cast of hundreds (featuring Sam James, Little Cobweb, the German Boo Hoo, Julie Lamendola and Phoebe Kreutz), it promised to be quite a night, and not the least bit dark.


Spring Cleansing

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

Quiet night at the Open Stage last night.

All through signup, people were talking about it, how the turnout was lighter than usual, everyone seeking to attribute some responsibility to the event.

It was a lovely, brisk evening. Maybe people were walking the promenade. Maybe some other open mic in some other country is pulling all the business. Maybe lots of people are going back to watch historic episodes of How I Met Your Mother.

It was a quiet night; everything wrapped up by one o’clock.

Linda Draper!

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

Linda Draper’s playing the Sidewalk!

It’s been a while, but the artist currently known as Linda Draper will be gracing the Sidewalk stage with her presence.

It’s part if Barry Bliss’ night. It oughtta be go good.

You oughtta be there.

Tell Me Why

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

The turnout for Debe Dalton’s Storytellers show was small. It may be because there were a variety of other shows on other streets in the city, or it may be that Debe Dalton has been playing an increased number of gigs, to get into the groove.

It may be that she already spends a lot of time talking about her history and the origins of her material already. Maybe it was because the world doesn’t want to know more about Debe Dalton.

I can’t imagine that. I hope the next Storytellers show does better business. Hearing how creators create is great – even when it doesn’t rhyme.

Fresh Hell

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

Well, this is unprecedented.

Hosting the Open Stage tonight at the Sidewalk tonight is not one of the talented, experienced soundpeople, but rather Rebecca Florence, whose Make-a-Birthday-Wish request, apparently, was to be the mouthpiece of the longest-running open mic in the City of New York.

If I knew such an opportunity was on the table, I’d have done this years ago.

Look for a new spirit and a chaotic energy at the Sidewalk tonight, perhaps featuring a murder ballad or two (hundred).

Welcome back and happy birthday

Posted on: April 12th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

Mo Goldner, guitarist for Spanking Charlene, used to be the solo artist Mo Goldner. At the time, he sang songs (well, one) about bacon, which was salty and scrumptuous.

Now he’s in the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, a side project for certain Spanking Charlene members, and the repertoire consists of songs from artists in the Great American Rock Book.

The acoustic duo did “Thirteen,” they did “Sweet Jane.” They did the late Alan Andrew’s “Claw Hammer” song. They covered a lot of ground.

Then they gave up the stage for Omnia.

It was Mo Goldner’s birthday, he claimed. Hooray!

Coming up!

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

Oh, right. Coming up tonight at the Sidewalk Cafe, Mac McCarty and the Kidd Twist Band!

According to their FB bio, they are “Folk-Blues if ‘Bron-Y-Aur Stomp’ Zeppelin and ‘At the Gaslight 1962′ Dylan had a bastard child in the woods and it was raised by a pack of Wolfie Guthries. That says it better than I ever could, probably.

There’s lots of energy, and lots of insight, and lots of syllables, in a Mac McCarty set. And, of course, later on, there’s the the Duckspeak CD Release!




Lord, it’s coming!

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

Tomorrow, Duckspeak unleashes its latest on the world. The four-piece will release a CD’s worth of Giovanni Colantonio originals, all available for your purchasing pleasure.

Other people you may recognize will be on the bill, like Bird to Prey. Maybe some other people, too…

Rock is Back!

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

I haven’t seen Lonie Rock in some time. He popped up semi-regularly at the Sidewalk for a while, then, it seems, found better places to be.

But not for long.

Rock is back in the house, coming up tonight after the latest iteration of Soce’s First Timers, a closed mic event for comedian debuts.

It’s all something to see.

Trios Redux

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by Jon Berger No Comments

The Brian Fitizsousa trio debuts at the Sidewalk (is it really the debut? I think so…) There’s been lots of band shows for Fitizsousa, lots of solo shows, and, in between, lots of shows where he’s played with two other people – but, far as I know, this is the first time this titled band has played this stage. Momentous.

Fitzsousa’s songs are fine fine stuff, and, as he’s getting closer to graduation, there’s the unsettling possibility that opportunities to see the songwriter are about to become scarce. Check it out, while you can.