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

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.

New Things

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by Jon Berger

Sidewalk alumni Jack Dishel and his wife Regina have just received their first, and, at the moment, only son.

They want to be private about the affair, since the child may no doubt suffer under the specter of celebrity for years to come.  One of the parents has done some soundtrack work for Netflix, as mentioned in this article.

Who knows when we can expect further comedy from Dishel, now that he’ll be so busy at home? Only time, and this blog, will tell for sure.



Inside the Singer’s Studio

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by Jon Berger

Last night, Sidewalk floated a new possible music series: Storytellers, in which a songwriter sings some songs (original, eh?) but is also expected to explain the origins and creative process behind the material. With host Somer asking questions and pulling teeth, the format got off to a fascinating start with Mike Shoykhet in the hot seat.

The singer/songwriter played some of his material, explained the influence of the Russian Bard format on his style, and described some humiliating incidents that inspire his material.

The audience, small but singular in its attention, also got into the act and asked a question or two, with Joe Bendik taking an improvisational approach upon entering the room.

It was exciting and interesting, and will continue to be, so long as the artist on stage is willing to open up.

Not a Hoax! Not an Imaginary Story!

Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by Jon Berger

Tomorrow night, as part of Anne Husick’s regular AH Presents Events, Alan Merrill (he wrote “I Love Rock and Roll” and a few billion others) will be performing at the Sidewalk with his Trio, appropriately named The Alan Merrill Trio.

Like all of Husick’s carefully curated events, the entire lineup is worth experiencing, but seeing Merrill perform his hits of yesteryear with backing players? That’s an opportunity too great to miss.


Check it out!

Open Stage Antics

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by Jon Berger

Jolia, a poet, tried something new tonight. She strapped on an electric and played some kind of cover.

How long will it be before she gives up words entirely, and becomes another AniFolk songster?

Poetry loses too many to the siren song of… song, I guess. This is what happens when too much music pollutes the writer’s thought process.

I just hope it turns out well for Jolia, now that a guitar is pulling her strings.

Keys Boared

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Jon Berger

The start of a jazz night at the sidewalk featured people pigging out at the piano. Peter Dizozza challenged himself, asking how many songs he could fit in his set. When the next act asked Dizozza to extend, he went through what felt like a gazillion songs in his hour-plus stage-time.

Following, Barton Lewis celebrated his birthday prematurely with his typical song and dance. Though billed as a Lewis + New Medicine show, it was all Lewis, all night – until he was done.

Quite a night it was – good for what ails you.