Live Through This: rock nyc Top Concert Picks Week Of March 5th, 2018
Following on Ted Nugent at BB Kings last year, here is the other poster boy for Trump Nation Kid Rock at the Prudential on Sunday. Kid Rock is a little overrated. Back when Devil Without A Cause was first blowing up, I caught Rock at K-Rock’s “Dysfunctional Picnic” and watched him blow Blink 182 50,000 miles offstage, Joe C was still around and it was a great show. I caught Kid Rock a coupla years later and he was pretty much full on Southern boogie but still pretty good. On record, his last great song was “All Summer Long” and after than that it is hard to take him seriously. On Friday, Kid Rock is making America grate again at the Prudential so let’s catch up with the deplorables shall we?
Monday – Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked – The Town Hall – No, he isn’t Gershwin, no he doesn’t have a “Porgy And Bess” to his name and his last hit was an atrocious still running “House Of Rock”. But he isn’t Stephen Schwartz either, and from “Jeeves” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” through “Evita” and “Phantom Of The Opera,” all the way to “Sunset Boulevard” he defines lowbrow highbrow and the opportunity to see him in conversation with Glenn Close (no less) should surely be embraced.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Bernie Williams – Cafe Carlyle – The Yankee great center fielder will always hold a place in my heart. Less so as a guitarist, naturally.
Wednesday – Elvis Costello And The Imposters – Brooklyn Steel – Elvis tends to perform concept concerts, and I bet the concept here is that he is fronting a rock band.
Wednesday – The Music of Led Zeppelin – Carnegie Hall – I dislike these shitty tributes as much as anyone, so why mention it? Because without Questlove the featured artists are much much worse… For instance, My Morning Jacket is represented by Patrick Hanrahan
Thursday – Nada Surf Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of ‘Let Go’ – Brooklyn Steel – They were pretty good opening for Brand New last year…
Friday – tUnE-yArDs, Xenia Rubinos – Brooklyn Steel – Except for the first album, I’ve always vastly preferred Tune-Yards in theory than in practise, but live the duo are worth catching for all the loop stuff
Saturday – THE CHIEFTAINS Featuring Paddy Moloney – One of Ireland’s great exports perform old school Gaelic tunes and new Irish rock songs and have done for decades.
Saturday – Alex Cameron, Molly Burch – MHOW – Alyson raved about this Aussie singer songwriter weirdo last month (here), I can’t hear it myself but there is only one way to be sure.
Saturday – Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark – Terminal 5 – 80s synth band, sing about the bomb, for the next 30 years.
Sunday – Senses Fail, Reggie and the Full Effect, Have Mercy, Household – MHOW – Here’s a question, if there are five bands on a post-hardcore bill, how much does each get paid? $20 an a drink ticket.