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Gigs to See on the Downtown Music Circuit the Month of August

Posted August 2, 2021 at 5:47 am

The downtown music scene is approaching pre-pandemic levels, thanks in large part to increased bookings at many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. August looks more promising than any schedule in the past 16 months. Here are some highlights of upcoming shows this month, along with photographs from a few of the more active venues in July. […]

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Restless Soul: Christopher Paul Stelling at Rockwood Music Hall

Posted July 30, 2021 at 5:07 am

Christopher Paul Stelling lived in New York City for a few years. He inhabits a restless soul, however. Originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, the artist has lived in Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. He spends a lot of time on the road, too, except that last year he had no […]

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The Post-Pandemic Rebound of Downtown Music Venues

Posted July 23, 2021 at 5:17 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. Many musicians are hearing applause again for the first time in sixteen months. Sometimes, the applause as they walk on stage is thunderous. Music fans are enthusiastically returning to live […]

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The Intimacy of Jill Sobule at City Winery

Posted July 19, 2021 at 5:07 am

Musicians who hit with a novelty song spend the rest of their lives proving they are more than a one-hit wonder. Jill Sobule, for example, generated curiosity in 1995 for her moderate hit, “I Kissed a Girl.” In 2006, Katy Perry had a huge hit with a different song that shared the same title. Sobule […]

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Everynight Charley Checkup: The Downtown Venues this Summer

Posted July 13, 2021 at 5:09 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 summer of 2021 is rocking, thanks in large part to all the small downtown Manhattan music clubs, bars and restaurants that have given local musicians a place to play […]

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Revisiting the 1980s ‘New Music’ Scene at Museum of the City of New York

Last modified July 15, 2021 at 8:56 pm

Back in the ’80s, how did you find like-minded people who were interested in the same music as you? How did you learn about new music? And how did musicians of different genres learn about other types of music, and find one another? If you were in New York City, it was easy to find […]

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Local Concert Promoters and Venues Await Federal Assistance

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 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. Shortly after the pandemic closures began in March 2020, the National Independent Venue Operators Association (NIVA) formed and lobbied the federal government with the Save Our Stages Act to prevent […]

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Everynight Charley Checkup: Busking on the Streets

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 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. Musicians typically choose to play safely before friends, family and fans. In recent weeks, however, many local musicians of various genres have been playing to strangers on the streets of […]

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Everynight Charley Checkup: Vilray at Rockwood Music Hall

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:23 am

What follows is the beginning of a periodic checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter known simply as Vilray (pronounced vill-ree) has an uncanny ability to bridge past and present. Vilray, who does not use his family name, was raised in […]

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GovBall Announces Return with Fall Lineup at Citi Field

Posted May 5, 2021 at 5:19 am

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the return of live music. Finally. The 10th Anniversary of the Governors Ball Music Festival is coming back for a special fall iteration. It’s set to take place Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26 at the Citi Field complex in Queens – a switch […]

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