June 28, 2015

Beirut / Helado Negro - July 21, 2015 The Bowery Ballroom

I am surprised I liked Beirut as much as I did, but how can I not love a band that is its own horn section.  Though not the greatest showman, in terms of presentation and patter, it's really evident that Zach Condon and his crew really like what they do. The band is a weird combo of electric bass, keyboards, 2 horns, a trombone and a drummer.  The drummer only has a kit with a kick, a snare and bongos, and the closest thing to a guitar was when Condon played the ukulele. As I stated the combination is weird, but it definitely works. The audience was totally into them, at least from where I was standing.  Here's the band's set list and photos from their set.

Beirut Set List

Scenic World
August Holland
Elephant Gun
The Akara
East Harlem
Sante Fe
No No No
The Riptide
The Shrew
After The Curtain
Sunday Smile
Candles Fire

Gulag Orkestar
In the Mausoleum
Flying Club Cup

May 10, 2015

Penguin Prison / Midnight Magic / Rush Midnight - May 9th, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg

I almost changed my mind about going to see Penguin Prison on Saturday night because the L Train was not running into Williamsburg.  But I went anyway by taking a Citibike over the Williamsburg Bridge. I'm glad I made the trip; Chris Glover and his band had a smack down fabulous set. Here are teach bands set lists and photos from their sets.

Penguin Prison Set List
Calling Out
Try To Lose
A Funny Thing
Golden Train
The Worse It Gets
Caught In A Daze
Never Gets Old
Run It Up
Show Me Way
All Night Long – Lionel Richie Cover

Don’t Fuck With My Money

Penguin Prison (live) are:
Christopher Glover - lead vocals and guitar
David Gross - keyboard
Andrew Pertes - bass & backing vocals
Ben Grubin - guitar, backing vocals & percussion
Ernesto Karolys  - drums 

Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic Set List
Drop Me A Line
Trouble T
Push for Love
Beam Me Up
Superman (cover originally by Celi Bee & the Buzzy Bunch) 
Electric Shock
Burns Hot
What the Eyes Don't See

Midnight Magic are:
Vocalist - Tiffany Roth
Drums - Max Goldman
Congas/Bangos - Andrew Frawley
Guitars/Bangos - Caito Sanchez
Bass Player - W. Andrew Raposo
Keyboard player: Morgan Wiley
Horn: Carter Yasutake
Horn: Nicke Roseboro
Trombone: Jason Disu

Rush Midnight

April 12, 2015

OK GO / Terminal 5 / April 11, 2015

I always love seeing OK GO. They're an extremely entertaining band, with or without the special effects of which there were many. For several parts of show, the band played behind a curtain that was used as a screen for video images.  Confetti came out of side canisters at several key points during the show which made the evening feel like a New Years Party in April.  Besides all the effects, there was an IPOD sampling audience participation portion, an acoustic portion when lead vocalist, Damian Kulash performed standing in the middle of the audience and of course a dance routine. As you may have surmised, OK GO is about the band and the audience having fun - they're nothin' deep - but that's exactly why I enjoy them so very much.

 Set List
  1. Upside Down & Inside Out
  2. You’re So Damn Hot
  3. The Writings on the Wall
  4. I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe
  5. Obsession
  6. This Too Shall Pass
  7. There’s A Fire
  8. Last Leaf  (Acoustic)
  9. Needing/Getting
  10. I’m Not Through
  11. Get Over It
  12. The One Moment
  13. Skyscrapers
  14. Do What You Want
  15. Black Dog (Led Zeppelin Cover)
  16. Turn up the Radio
  1. A Million Ways (dance routine/lip-sync ) 
  2. White Knuckles 
  3. I Won't Let You Down 
  4. Here It Goes Again

OK GO are:
Damian Kulash - Lead Vocals, guitar
Tim Nordwind – Vocals, bass
Dan Konopka –- drums
Andy Ross - guitar, keyboards, vocals

March 28, 2015

Jefferson Startship / B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill / March 22, 2015

I've never been a big fan of oldie shows, but given the opportunity, I can enjoy myself if the band is good.  And I can appreciate that a band from several decades ago, is still out there making music. However, I found Jefferson Starship really lackluster.  Starship performed mostly Airplane songs this time out.  Sometimes the performances were just okay; sometimes they were good. For some reason, the sound in the room was awful.  And though the set was an interesting mixture of songs, the newest incarnation of Jefferson Starship didn't seem to pull them off.

 Set List
  1. Sketches of China – Jefferson Starship
  2. Lather – Jefferson Airplane
  3. Today – Jefferson Airplane
  4. Find Your Way Back – Jefferson Starship
  5. Count On Me – Jefferson Starship
  6. Get Together – Youngbloods cover
  7. Miracles – Jefferson Starship
  8. Fresh Air – Quicksilver Messenger Service
  9. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
  10.  Beautiful Girl– Kathy Richardson
  11.  Cod’ine - Buffy Saint Maria
  12.  Embryonic Journey – Jefferson Airplane
  13.  The Baby Tree – Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship
  14.  Eat Starch Mom – Jefferson Airplane
  15.  Jane – Jefferson Starship
  16.  Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane

  1.       Imagine Redemption – Mesh-up of John Lennon’s “Imagine” & Bob Marley’s “Redemption      Song.”
  2.     Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Starship are:
Paul Kantner – Vocals Guitar
David Freiberg – Vocals, Guitar
Donny Baldwin - Drums
Chris Smith - Keyboards
Cathy Richardson - Vocals
Jude Gold - Lead Guitar