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  • Thu
    07
    Jul
    2022

    Karen Mantler Trio / Chris Cochrane Trio / Felice Rosser Trio Jul 7

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Karen Mantler returns to the stage with her collection of songs about the current times we live in. Her distinctive voice and chromatic harmonica playing are featured in these tales of woe offset by her deadpan humor and bluntly elegant compositions. Set in a fascinating minimalist context, she is supported by Doug Wieselman on guitar and bass clarinet and Kato Hideki on bass.  She  is the daughter of jazz musicians Carla Bley and Michael Mantler.  As a songwriter and a bandleader, her style has attracted a world-class list of musicians to her band throughout the years, including Steven Bernstein, Eric Mingus, Hiram Bullock and Arturo O’Farrill.  As an instrumentalist and vocalist, Mantler has shared the stage with the likes of Terry Adams, Jack Bruce and Elvis Costello to name a few. (http://www.wattxtrawatt.com/)

    Kato Hideki is a bassist, composer & producer. As a bassist, he has worked with Eyvind Kang, John King, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Christian Marclay, New York City Ballet, Billy Martin, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Nana Vasconcelos and John Zorn, among others.  (http://www.katohideki.com)

    Doug Wieselman is a composer, arranger and musician. He co-leads Kamikaze Ground Crew who have recorded 5 albums as well as leading his own ensemble – Trio S with Jane Scarpantoni and Kenny Wollesen. As a musician, he worked with Hal Willner, Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, Robin Holcomb, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Steven Bernstein, Martha Wainwright, CocoRosie and John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards, among many others. (http://www.dougwieselman.com/)

    Chris Cochrane Trio with Sulynn 

    Chris has been playing guitar in and around NYC since 1982.

    Sulynn Hago is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, composer, and instructor in rock, metal, classical, and improvisational music. In 2015 Hago was picked among 400 applicants as touring guitarist of Canadian band Propagandhi in which they still perform. Marlon Cherry is a multi-instrumentalist / composer who has worked with a variety of artists including Stew & The Negro Problem and the Stew side project, Baba Bibi, Eszter Balint, The Roches and others.

    Appearing here with Marlon Cherry and Fin Hunt, Felice Rosser has formed a musical style, “Unlike virtually any other sound out there” (J. Lien – CMJ). “If Nina Simone had a power trio with a rock/soul and reggae flair, it would sound something like this” (Doug DeFalco, Talent Buyer).   Felice Rosser “Sings in a voice both plangent and wailing” (New York Times).  With sweet and powerful guitars from Nao Hakamada and funky polyrhythms from Fin Hunt, Faithnyc has developed an immensely colorful sound., “…tunes that are not rock, not funk, not r&b, so much as deeply soulful tone poems back by multiculti dream pop” (Village Voice).

    www.faithnyc.net

     

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2022

    Hermona / / Chris Conti Jul 8

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     After several albums of acoustic based songs produced in a stark/lo-fi slant, Chris Conti’s growing explorations with tape loops led to his latest releases comprised of songs framed and inspired by this textural aesthetic. Tonight, he will be performing with a more improvisational approach to further dig into the existing material.
     
    Hermona is an Ethiopian-American musician and songwriter from Washington, D.C., now based in Brooklyn NY. A classically trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist, her songwriting and performance is based in R&B but equally and seamlessly floats to folk, pop, funk, and alternative. She has performed in New York City at The Bitter End, DROM, and The Delancey.
    Hermona’s current and forthcoming work is instrumental rooted in variations and syncopated layering. Her work explores through the act of composition and improvisation the belief that (creative) expression is a necessity to the self-actualization of one’s humanity. She will be an artist in residence this September at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

     

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2022

    Lip Talk ft. Justin Weaks / Infinite Coles / b o t / River Ramirez Jul 9

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

         

     

    This night curated by and features Dandy C. McDowell  (b o t),  a New York based multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and visual artist whose life-long obsession has been to investigate the boundlessness of emotion. With experience in the worlds of gospel, orchestral, and pop music, it has involuntarily become Dandy’s practice to create art that is heartfelt, appealing to the body, and at the same time, avoidant of easy categorization.  Their unique imagination for sonic possibility—realized in their personal project,  “b o t”—has brought them to work alongside such artists as Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), Renata Zeiguer, Damon McMahon (Amen Dunes), and Kalmia Traver (Kalbells). In all of their work—collaborative and otherwise—Dandy aims to convey that the depth and breadth of emotion is limitless when accessed through sound and sight.

  • Sun
    10
    Jul
    2022

    Michael Attias Quartet / James Carney Quartet Jul 10

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Michael Attias Quartet will feature Tom Rainey (dr), Sean Conly (b), and Santiago Leibson (p)

    James Carney Quartet will feature Ravi Coltrane (ts) Mark Helias, (b), and Allan Mednard, (dr)

  • Thu
    14
    Jul
    2022

    Brittany Ann Traunbaugh / Kyle Morgan / Ali Dineen Jul 14

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 Suggested Donation

        

    Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from the Lehigh Valley area in PA, she kicked off her music career as a teenager playing at Godfrey Daniels, one of the country’s only remaining bona fide folk listening rooms. She has since performed all over the US and Canada in theaters, living rooms, basements, bars, coffee shops, backyards, and on festival stages including Firefly and Philly Folk Fest. Accolades include a 2021 Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song “Kiss You” and finalist spots in the Gems in the Rough, Kerrville New Folk, LEAF NewSong, and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists competitions. In April 2022, she debuted an EP entitled “Quarter Life Crisis Haircut,” her first official release in over a decade. In this new batch of memorable and thoughtfully crafted songs, she tackles a wide range of topics including her sixth grade queer awakening, an awkward run-in with an old acquaintance, and the impossibility of true folk music authenticity in this day and age. At times witty and sarcastic, at other times heartbreaking and raw, the EP undoubtedly showcases Tranbaugh’s finest work to date.

    Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Morgan grew up in central Pennsylvania, where he began writing his first album while bussing tables at the local Olive Garden. The name of that record, Starcrossed Losers, became the alias under which he would go on to release two more, Bind Us Anew and Strange Hesitations, each featuring his distinctive conglomeration of Americana styles, from stripped-down acoustic ballads and love-lorn parlor laments to roaring alt-country and throwback 60’s rock’n’roll. His latest album, Younger at Most Everything, was released in February on Team Love Records.

    Ali Dineen is a poet-composer born and raised in Queens, whose lyrics are poetic and deeply personal, and highlight the intersections between personal experience, larger histories, and systems of power. Ali has performed at the Museum of Art and Design, the Caramoor American Roots Music Festival, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Folk Festival, among other wonderful venues, and was awarded the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in 2020. Ali is also the music director for local puppet troupe extraordinaire The Boxcutter Collective, arranges music and sings with Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir, and is part of a duet with the inimitable Feral Foster. Ali released a third album, Hold On, in 2020, and is currently working on a new piece about Joan of Arc.

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2022

    Eleanore Buckland/ Alec Spiegelman / Dallas Ugly Jul 15

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 Suggested Donation

    Since 2014, Eleanor Buckland has been one-third of Lula Wiles, the Boston-based folk-rock trio that has become an acoustic music scene favorite with their three critically hailed albums. Her own album You Don’t Have To Know spotlights a different side of Buckland’s musical interests as it sets her deeply personal songs against inventive indie rock arrangements. “Buckland’s folksy drawl plays perfectly with this fresh set of pop tunes that are seemingly built for fans of contemporary FM radio acts like Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift, both nostalgically rustic and immediately modern.” – WBUR

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    Alec Spiegelman is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY. Lately, he’s produced albums for Ana Egge, The David Wax Museum, Taylor Ashton, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Zoe Guigueno, and Dallas Ugly (sharing the bill this evening!) He’s a member of the band Cuddle Magic, who recently released a 6th full-length album (Bath), and are at work on a 7th. And he released his own debut full-length album, Airplane Mode, in the dark days of our first pandemic Autumn. He’ll be performing songs from that album, as well as newer material. 
     
    The music of Dallas Ugly shimmers with an iridescent nostalgia on their debut album, Watch Me Learn (produced by Alec Spiegleman). Built on a foundation of mellow interchanges of electric guitar and pedal steel, the rhythm and flow evoke an old-school country version of lofi hip hop radio. But combined with soaring fiddle and heartfelt vocals, it becomes something wholly new – a sound as unique as it is dreamy. Themes of change, loss, and growth, felt alongside the band members’ decade-long friendship, lend themselves naturally to the rolling country music vibes of their melodies and instrumentation. Together, Owen Burton, Eli Broxham, and Libby Weitnauer present a dreamy, last-call rendition of three chords and the truth. If you close your eyes, you can practically feel yourself slow dancing under the lazy orbit of a disco ball at midnight.
     
  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2022

    Diego Joaquin Ramirez Quartet / Jake Sherman solo Jul 16

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 Suggested Donation

    Diego Joaquin Ramirez is an Irish-born drummer/composer based in NYC. He has played with many notable artists including Marc Cary, Melanie Charles, Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Tucker, Niwel Tsumbu, Endea Owens, Cyrille Aimee, and Grace Kelly. Diego is an ASCAP Composer Award winner and has performed on world renowned stages such as NPR Tiny Desk, The Blue Note NYC, and The Kennedy Center. In his latest project, Diego leads an exciting 4-piece ensemble with percussionists Marcos Lopez, Marcos Torres, and bassist Tamir Shmerling. Drawing inspiration from both traditional and current sounds of Latin America, Africa, India, and the U.S, this small ensemble delivers an explosive take on groove-based improvisation.

  • Sun
    17
    Jul
    2022

    Odara Trio (from Barcelona)/ Sharq Attack Jul 17

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    Odara is a trio from Barcelona composed of Albert Ginestà (Spanish guitar), Sabela Simón (voice) and Mireia Clua (violin). They perform a repertoire of original compositions and Spanish folk songs with a flamenco and Mediterranean flavor. Their concerts are fresh and enjoyable, with moments ranging from deep tenderness to passionate energy and flamenco rhythms.

    Sharq Attack is Marandi Hostetter – 5-string violin, Brian Prunka – oud, John Murchison – qanun, Eric Allen – cello, & Philip Mayer – percussion
  • Thu
    21
    Jul
    2022

    Glass Half Glass / Bella Hayes / The Cradle / Amiture Jul 21

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

    Laurel Levia
  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2022

    Weeze / Rain johannes / Alena Spanger Jul 22

    7:30 door 8pm Show

     

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2022

    8pm Akie Bermiss // 930pm Belle-Skinner / Kirsten MaxwellJul 23

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Belle-Skinner is a dark nostalgic singer-songwriter based in upstate New York and Brooklyn. With a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads – nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Though her influences cover a broad range of genres – from French chansons and Russian folk to contemporary alt-pop and rock – her voice often draws comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Mary Hopkin, and early St. Vincent.

    Kirsten Maxwell is New York native, turned nomadic singer/songwriter. She got her start in the children’s chorus at the famed Amato Opera, where her parents met and performed. Although her cleverly poetic lyrics and heart centric performances have been celebrated in competitions and venues across the US, Maxwell is best loved for her voice. She was last seen touring with legendary singer/songwriter Judy Collins who calls Maxwell’s performances a “sheer joy”.  
     
    w/s/g Jean Rohe and Mark Ettinger
     
  • Sun
    24
    Jul
    2022

    Stephen Becker / Crosslegged / rbke jul 24

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2022

    Tomas Fujiwara & DoYeon Kim / Mary Halvorson: Clone Decay Jul 28

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation 

    Mary Halvorson: Clone Decay is Mary Halvorson (guitar), Kalia Vandever (trombone) & Weston Olencki (trombone & electronics)

    This project marks the first time meeting between these three musicians, featuring new compositions for two trombones and guitar, augmented by electronics and processing, to create a sound that begins as an acoustic trio and morphs into something else entirely.

    This performance features a Next Jazz Legacy Awardee, made possible by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

    See https://newmusicusa.org/program/next-jazz-legacy/ 

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2022

    Michelle Willis / Julia Easterlin Jul 29

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    $12.00 suggested donation

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2022

    Ian Davis and friends

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2022

    Ben Goldberg and Friends Jul 31

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

  • Sun
    07
    Aug
    2022

    Shahzad and Anika, Sarah Pedinotti, Young Jesus

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2022

    Vireo / Field Guides / Eliza Edens Aug 25

    Doors 7:30 Show 8:00

    $12.00 suggested donation

    Born and raised in rural Massachusetts and currently living in Brooklyn, NY⁠—via Colorado and then Philadelphia—Eliza Edens weaves together disparate influences of people and place into her work to create mesmerizing sonic tapestries with guitar and voice. With a love for tinkering with alternate tunings à la Nick Drake, a curious harmonic ear from years of childhood classical piano lessons, and an ever-expanding affinity for words and stories, Edens’ songs build a kaleidoscopic world that documents the parallels between hope and heartbreak. The resulting sound is a diverse palette of guitar-based, experimental folk-rock centered around Edens gently cradled voice and brimming at the edges with pockets of sonic whimsy. Edens is currently putting the finishing touches on a new sophomore album.  Her debut record Time Away From Time (2020) was called “… a mesmerizing 29 minutes of delicate finger picking and poetry in motion” by No Depression. 

     

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2022

    Are Skwaird / Emily Frembgen

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation 

     

    Rebecca Tilles and Rachel Swaner are Are Skwaird, a duo that reimagines old folk tunes and outsider classics through sweet harmonies, curious instrumentation, and an appropriate mix of wistfulness, humor, and charm. A rare appearance now that Rebecca lives in Sweden!

    Emily Frembgen is a NYC-based singer-songwriter with “an angelic voice, ethereal songs, and a poetic sensibility that recalls the minimalism and genius of Emily Dickinson.” Her latest album, irreverently titled It’s Me or the Dog, is her most personal and fully realized offering to date. It’s indicative of everywhere she’s been and everywhere she still wants to go.

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2022

    Festival Of New Trumpet Music

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

     

    more information at

    http://Festival of New Trumpet Music,

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2022

    Little Mazarn /Allegra Krieger Sept 9

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation 

    https://allegrakrieger.bandcamp.com

    https://www.instagram.com/littlemazarn/

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Music of Dmitri Shostakovitch: Michael Bates' Acrobat September 15

    7:30 Door 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation 

     
    10 pm: Michael Bates’ Acrobat, a quintet featuring some of New York’s finest improvisers, reimagines several iconic pieces by one of music’s most mysterious personalities.   Led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, Acrobat features five fearless voices sharing a passionate commitment to creativity and artistic beauty. With literal themes by Shostakovich or themes composed with his spirit, “Acrobat” is full of music that is playful yet dark and swinging.  And while Shostakovich is clearly being channeled, the voices of these five fantastic improvisers will be on full display: Beautiful and vicious, elegant and dissonant, and humor laced with serene sarcasm.
    Marty Ehrlich-clarinet
    Mazz Swift-violin
    Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon
    Michael Bates-bass
    Michael Sarin-drums
     
     
     
     
  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2022

    Marcellus Hall and the Hostages / Chris Maxwell

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

     

    As a singer-songwriter Marcellus Hall has recorded with bands Railroad Jerk and White Hassle and has toured the US, Europe, and Japan. He continues to make music under his own name. The First Line was recorded with accompanying musicians and released on Glacial Pace Recordings in 2011. Afterglow was recorded and released with The Hostages (Damon Smith, Mike Shapiro, and Troy Fannin) via Bandcamp in 2013. Hall is at work on an, as yet untitled, album of new material. If it’s awesome, awe-inspiring, hip-shaking, intellectual, harmonica-tinged, heart-wrenching, tales of love and redemption you want, then look no further. Marcellus Hall’s new sound echoes his previous stints in Railroad Jerk and White Hassle, but takes it to another level. A level where all other bands blush in embarrassment. Questions? 

    Chris Maxwell made his name playing perhaps the furthest thing from wistful Americana — in the ’90s, he made catchy, jagged junkyard rock with the legendary New York band Skeleton Key. Before that, he was the principal songwriter and clever guitarist of Little Rock, Arkansas’ first band to be signed to a major label, the Gunbunnies, whose Southern Gothic jangle the L.A. Times characterized “…as if the Beatles met Faulkner on E Street.” These days, Maxwell works out of his new Goat House Studio in Woodstock, where he composes and records music for hit TV shows like Bob’s Burgers and Inside Amy Schumer, as well as having produced and written music for other artists (They Might Be Giants, Iggy Pop, Yoko Ono, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) as part of the celebrated production team The Elegant Too.

    “Chris Maxwell musically channels the heart of Americana-pop — Big Star, Freedy Johnston, Wilco and the like — in crafting a song-cycle as personal as home movies with X-rays included. A beautifully poised grown-up album in an age that still coughs one up from time to time.” — Jonathan Lethem

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2022

    Alex LoRe Quartet & TBA Sept 22

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

    with Glenn Zaleski on piano, Des White on bass, and Allan Mednard,drums

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2022

    Nightfishing with Levon Henry & Friends Sept 23

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

    Nightfishing is a new monthly series with Levon Henry featuring Julian Cubillos, Ivy Meissner, Alena Spanger, Trevor Vaz + special guests”

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2022

    Timo Andres and friends Sept 25

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2022

    Trippers & Askers / No Lands/ Will Stratton Oct 9

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

    Trippers & Askers is the folk / spiritual jazz project of musician, sound artist, educator and researcher Jay Hammond. The group’s latest album Acorn takes inspiration from Octavia Butler’s immersive and frighteningly prescient novel Parable of the Sower. As an intertextual work, Acorn brings together a wide array of collaborators that include members of Wye Oak, Califone, former Sun Ra member Ken Moshesh and comic artist John Jennings to explore the book’s narrative as it pertains to the very real political and emotional challenges of the present. The album was called “a shimmering homage to nature” by The Guardian. For this performance at The Owl, Hammond will perform solo with likely special guests and new material. 

    No Lands is the recording project of Brooklyn-based songwriter and audio engineer Michael Hammond. The debut No Lands album Negative Space was called “one of the most thrilling headphone experiences of this year” [Tome to the Weather Machine] and named the best electronic album of the year by the Brooklyn Rail. As a sound designer and audio engineer, Michael has worked with artists including So Percussion, yMusic, Shara Nova, the Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony, Judd Greenstein, the San Francisco Symphony, Residentie Orkest, and Signal Ensemble. For this show, Hammond is joined by Molly Kerker on keyboards and vocals.

    https://nolands.bandcamp.com

    Will Stratton is a songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist who lives in Beacon, NY. His last album, The Changing Wilderness, was called “An understated delight, beautifully written, beautifully played, and beautifully arranged” by Alexis Petridis in The Guardian‘s list of the best albums of the first half of 2021, and “exquisite” by Sir Elton John, who interviewed Will on his radio show Rocket Hour on Apple Music about the record. Will’s upcoming album is a collection of songs written about a group of fictional Californians affected by wildfires over several decades.

    Will Stratton


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