Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks For The Week Of February 4th, 2019
If Andrew Lloyd Webber’s excellent memoir (PART ONE!) from last year. “Unmasked” (here) has done nothing else, it has given us the opportunity to reassess his ex-wife, always diva Sarah Brightman, and she stands up well. In the early 1970s she was perceived as an overreaching pop tart adulteress, but time weathers so many storms and what remains from the shock and awe scandal is nothing except one of the finest sopranos of the second half of the 20th century, a woman capable of singing the great arias as well as Lloyd Webber’s opera lite that sounds less like opera lite in 2019. Sarah will be bringing her glorious new album Hymn to Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday.
Monday – Richard Barone – Mercury Lounge – The great Bongo bongs again
Monday – ED PALERMO BIG BAND PLAYS ZAPPA – Iridium – That sounds interesting… the band knows jazz but do they know Zap??
Monday – Rhett Miller – Remember when he was great? So does he, sometimes.
Tuesday – Amy Rigby – Mercury Lounge – The astounding country rocker
Tuesday – Four Tet – Brooklyn Steel
Tuesday – Trippie Redd – Despite a great album to push, Trippie was terrible opening for Travis Scott so be careful
Tuesday – The Roots – Highline Ballroom – The final concert before they close the club down.
Tuesday – Walter Trout & Eric Gales – Sony Hall
Tuesday – A Solo evening With John Hammond – Iridium
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Jeff Rosenstock – Bowery Ballroom – A great singer songwriter, strange, unpretentious and smart who rocks hard and should be seen.
Wednesday – Michael Feinstein – Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall – The Gershwin archivist (among many things) makes folks like Michael Buble look like rank amateurs.
Thursday – Toni Braxton With Special Guests SWV – As Long As I Live Tour – That is as in Toni… not Tamar
Thursday – Al Jardine – Iridium – The great Beach Boy
Thursday – Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds – NYCB Theatre at Westbury – One of the best things about 80s r&b, I wonder if Steve Crawford has himon his best of the 1980s…
Friday – Colin Blunstone – City Winery
Friday – Kool And The Gang – Sony Hall – celebration time, come on
Saturday – Toni Braxton w/ special Guests Kenny Babyface Edmonds & SWV – Prudential – Impressive line up
Saturday – Sharon Van Etten – Her latest album is her best to date
Sunday – Andrea Bocelli – Metropolitan Opera House – 5pm start
Sunday – Beirut – Brooklyn Steel