Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, email@example.com Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00
Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets
@ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts,
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $50, $40.
Call him the pop equivalent of Forrest Gump. In addition to crafting a well-respected solo career that’s found a number of other artists covering his compositions, Marshall Crenshaw’s muse has found his finger in many different pies. He was a member of the road-show version of Beatlemania, played Buddy Holly in La Bamba, authored a number of rock & roll-themed books and toured as a member of DKT/MC5, a band of MC5 survivors. His latest endeavor finds him touring with The Bottle Rockets, a St. Louis outfit whose founding member Brian Henneman was a guitar tech/sideman with y’alternative legends Uncle Tupelo and whose self-titled 1992 debut and 1994 follow-up The Brooklyn Side were recently given the deluxe reissue treatment by Chicago imprint Bloodshot Records.
Marcia Ball & Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
@ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts,
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $65, $60.
This pair of Alligator Records stalwarts rolls into Bay Shore with plenty of musical brim and brio to spare. Ball is a piano-playing chanteuse whose roots lay in Texas and the Louisiana bayou. Over time, she’s taken her blend of blues, boogie woogie and zydeco and released a string of great albums with the most recent being 2011’s Grammy-nominated Roadside Attractions. Label mate Tommy Castro is a California native who has always cut quite a figure on both the local and national blues scenes thanks to the way he nimbly weaves soul influences into both his singing and axe wielding. Having already cut sides for imprints like Telarc, Blind Pig and 33rd Street, Castro’s latest stop has been the Chicago-based Alligator imprint, where he made his label debut with 2009’s Hard Believer.
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave.
8 p.m. $12. 718-963-3369 www.brooklynbowl.com
Sister Sparrow may travel in the company of the Dirty Birds, but the only thing filthy about this nonet is the horn-driven funk that’s been honed through a relentless touring schedule. With vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe fronting the band and being the foundation with the group along with harp-blowing brother Jackson and drumming cousin Bram forming the foundation of the band, SS&TDB has become quite the touring machine. On the heels of the band’s last record, 2012’s Pound of Dirt, they’ve played South by Southwest and Bonnaroo, shared a bill with Counting Crows and opened multiple dates for Gov’t Mule, including the headliner’s annual New Year’s Eve show. Here, Kincheloe and her crew return to play what’s become their unofficial home base. With Zongo Junction.
Jason Isbell @ The Space at Westbury,
250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $20 adv. $25. DOS.
Riding a wave of critical acclaim that’s found his latest solo outing Southeastern land on numerous Best of 2013 lists, Jason Isbell is reaping the benefits of his post-rehab life. The ex-Drive By has turned around and created a collection of detail-rich songs about touchy topics like cancer and sexual abuse that gibe well with quasi-acoustic arrangements that make this Isbell’s best solo outing to date. Get to the show early to catch Holly Williams, (granddaughter of Hank, Sr.), whose excellent release The Highway was a 2013 album that fell between the cracks.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe @ The Space at Westbury,
250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $20 adv. $25 DOS.
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. With TAUK.
Candye Kane @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd St.
8 & 10 p.m. $12 adv. $15 DOS. 212-997-4144 www.bbkingblues.com
Surviving extreme circumstances has always been a constant theme for Candye Kane. Past lives have found her going from being an integral part of early ’80s SoCal cow-punk scene alongside the likes of Los Lobos, The Blasters and Dwight Yoakam to being a former sex worker and currently, a bawdy blues belter in the tradition of Ruth Brown and Bessie Smith. Kane’s latest challenge was beating a pancreatic cancer diagnosis back in 2008. And while Kane has been declared cancer-free, she’s doing her part to help others with Candye’s Cancer CD Indie GoGo Project, inspirational songs she burns on CDs and leaves at cancer centers around the country for people in treatment. And somewhere along the line, she’s managed to release last year’s Coming Out Swingin’.
Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend @ Cinema Arts Centre,
423 Park Ave. 7:30 p.m.
$10 members. $15 public/includes reception.
Esther Anderson is a filmmaker/actress/model/music executive whose many experiences include time extensively helping Chris Blackwell during the time he was founding Island Records. Along the way, she was tapped to help Blackwell out with an upcoming talent named Bob Marley. Footage the native Jamaican shot during those early years when Marley was first forming the Wailers are at the heart of Anderson’s documentary Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend. Included is footage from the first rehearsals along with scenes up until and through the release of the albums Burnin’ and Catch a Fire. This screening will include a Skype interview with Anderson and fellow director Gian Godoy. Music at the reception will be provided by hip-hop legend DJ Kool Herc.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ the Beacon Theatre,
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $60. $45, $35.
As the frontwoman for Brooklyn’s Dap-Kings, Sharon Jones has been energizing crowds from Harlem to Italy and back while belting out straight-up funk that’s raw enough to quash any notions of attaching neo to it. Expect Jones and company to be pleasing the hometown New York City crowd by belting out plenty of material from their brand-new soul-infused masterpiece, Give the People What They Want.