Music

With Open Restaurants on its Way to Permanence, Music Heads Indoors

Posted November 9, 2021 at 5:03 am

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. The city’s Open Restaurants program has decreased in importance as a showcase for live music. A year ago, outdoor dining establishments and busking were the only ways musicians could play […]

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Out on the Essex Street ‘Fiore Escape’

Posted October 18, 2021 at 5:04 am

The fire escape spectacle entertained Essex Street anew. Friday evening, Lower East Sider Jill Fiore again stepped onto her tenement fire escape at 29 Essex for a short concert. Fiore was flanked by bandmates Derek Cruz on lead guitar, Dave Spinley on saxophone, and Joan Chew on bass. Like previous Fiore Escape outings, this one […]

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CBGB Shut Down 15 Years Ago on the Bowery

Posted October 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

Fifteen years ago. This was the night – arguably – that the last breath of punk exhaled on the Bowery. When CBGB concluded its residence at 315 Bowery. And the block could not look any different today. The former venue became, and remains, the upscale John Varvatos boutique; while its old CB’s Gallery space is […]

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One Year Later, ‘Fiore Escape’ COVID Sessions Still Captivate

Posted September 23, 2021 at 5:09 am

One year after first captivating passersby at Essex and Grand Streets, the free fire escape concert series is back for another. Indeed, musician Jill Fiore will perform anew from the second floor of her Essex Street tenement (above Delancey Car Service). The next so-called “Fiore Escape” show is slated for October 15, as announced on […]

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Uncapped: The Making of The Unauthorized Biography of Ree 2

Posted September 17, 2021 at 6:07 am

Boogie Fam! It sure has been a while. Have you checked out the Bowery Boogie Uncapped (BBU) Podcast? Launched during the pandemic, we are now three seasons deep and chock full of interviews with graffiti pioneers, street artists, Boogie affiliates and most recently, a song debut. You know that country we emancipated from in 1776? […]

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Xentrifuge Once Again the Center of NYC Goth Industrial Scene

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:05 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Xris SMack! has revived his monthly “Stimulate” parties, and they are once again the center of gravity for New York City’s gothic-industrial community. The August 2021 edition headlined Xentrifuge and […]

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How Governors Ball is Different this Year

Posted August 31, 2021 at 5:04 am

This year’s Governors Ball music festival is falling in step with the new COVID-19 policies that are the new norm for the music scene. To get through the turnstiles this year, a full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to attend the festival. For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, […]

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Musicians are Touring, Despite the COVID Risks

Posted August 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. The numbers of touring musicians continues to increase, even while numerous larger-profile artists announced this month that they were cancelling at least some parts of their tours due to COVID-related […]

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Bands Are Canceling Downtown Shows at Breakneck Pace

Last modified August 12, 2021 at 6:57 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. There are rising concerns in some corners of the music community about a full return to live shows. A few examples affecting downtown venues… Limp Bizkit was supposed to headline […]

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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Require Proof of Vaccine for Entry

Posted August 11, 2021 at 5:08 am

Live music is in full swing, but area clubs are taking extra precautions to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Esteemed venues Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge now require all patrons to be fully vaccinated before attending a concert. Gig goers will need to show proof of vaccination for the foreseeable future. Along with a photo […]

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