Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, email@example.com Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:51
Joe Ely & Alejandro Escovedo @ the YMCA Boulton Center
for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St.
8 p.m. $65, $60. 631-969-1101 www.boultoncenter.org
You’d be hard-pressed to find a cooler double-shot of artists than this pair of native Texans. Joe Ely has enjoyed a successful solo career on top of being hand-picked by The Clash to open the same tour that included an infamous stop playing New York City department store Bonds in the early ‘80s, and for being one-third of the legendary Flatlanders, whose members include fellow Texas troubadours Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. On a similar level, Alejandro Escovedo has been making some of the best music of his life ever since recovering from a life-threatening bout with Hepatitis C. His last outing, 2012’s Big Station, reunited him with legendary glam-rock producer Tony Visconti for a third time and came up with a dozen gritty character-driven tunes.
Bernie Williams @ The Space at Westbury,
290 Post Ave. 7 p.m. $84.90, $59, $41.90.
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have once believed there are no second acts in American lives, but Bernie Williams has roundly proved the late author wrong. The pride of San Juan, Bernie Williams has gone from being a much-loved, World Series champion centerfielder for the New York Yankees to becoming a much-respected guitarist with a recording contract. Williams went so far as to be nominated for a 2009 Latin Grammy for his sophomore bow, Moving Forward.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ Bowery Ballroom,
6 Delancey St., 9 p.m. $25.
The latest grassroots R&B cult figure to emerge from the Brooklyn-based Daptone Records stable is Charles Bradley. Discovered by label exec Gabriel Roth while performing as Black Velvet at Bedstuy’s Tarheel Lounge, the 60-something Bradley was brought into the studio to put his lifetime of trials and tribulations to song. He eventually emerged with 2011’s No Time for Dreaming followed up with last year’s Victim of Love, both collections of songs steeped in classic funk and soul grooves that have made this native Floridian the male equivalent of labelmate Sharon Jones.
(Also appearing on January 18 @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn, 212-486-5400 www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave.
8 p.m. $75, $63.50, $47.50, $42, $35.50 .631-673-7300
It seems like yesterday when the success of the film Swingers had everybody seeking out zoot suits, pouring Gen-X zeitgeist through a Rat Pack filter and saying how “money” everything was. Swing music revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy were part of that whole mid-‘90s loungecore movement and even wound up playing the 1999 Super Bowl half-time show.
A decade-plus later, there’s enough of a demand for the band that it released its last studio outing in 2012 (Rattle Them Bones) as well as becoming a semi-regular presence in Long Island live music venues.
Red Baraat @ Landmark on Main Street, 223 Main St.
8 p.m. $42, $37, $32. 516-767-6444
Sunny Jain is one of the greatest jazz musicians of South Asian descent that you’ve never heard of. In addition to performing with a wide array of artists including Kenny Barron, Norah Jones, Q-Tip and Peter Gabriel, Jain has also been spearheading the fusion of bhangra, funk, Latin music and jazz into something wholly unique in the form of his octet Red Baraat. Out in support of the last year’s Shruggy Ji, Jain and Red Baraat will be bringing quite the exotic vibe to Port Washington.
Four Tops & Temptations @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury,
960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $84.25, $62.50.
The two male vocal group cornerstones of Motown, the Four Tops and Temptations have nearly 40 Top 30 hits between the groups, (20 for the Tops and 19 for the Temptations). And while both vocal groups only have one founding member apiece, (Duke Fakir for the Four Tops and Otis Williams for the Temptations), the quality of both groups’ performances and rich depth of their collective canons remain impeccable.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe @
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave.
8 p.m. $15. 718-963-3369
The average music fan will know saxophonist Karl Denson by way of his work on early Lenny Kravitz albums, particularly the scorching solo he provided on the title cut to Kravitz’s 1989 debut Let Love Rule. Since that time, Denson has gone down more of an acid jazz/funk route by way of the Greyboy Allstars and more recently, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. A regular at Brooklyn Bowl, the California native will be playing this multiple date stand in support of the forthcoming New Ammo. (Through January 25)