Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: James McMurtry, The Pretenders, John Mayer and More

James McMurtry/City Winery/April 2, 2017

In Fort Worth, Texas, novelist Larry McMurtry gave his seven-year-old son, James McMurtry, the boy’s first guitar. The boy’s mother taught him his first three chords; the rest he learned by ear or by watching other musicians. As a teenager in Leesburg, Virginia, he began …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Molochs, The Cactus Blossoms, U.F.O., and More

The Molochs/Berlin/March 27, 2017

Lucas Fitzsimons was born near Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was raised in Los Angeles, California. As a youth, he learned guitar chords on the internet, even though he had no guitar. He returned to Argentina at age 12 and found an old classical guitar in the …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dope, Allah-Las, and More

Aaron Lee Tasjan/Mercury Lounge/March 22, 2017

Aaron Lee Tasjan grew up in New Albany, Ohio, teaching himself to play guitar at age 11 by learning Oasis songs. By age 16 Tasjan had performed with Peter Yarrow and been the recipient of the Outstanding Guitarist Award in the Essentially Ellington Competition …

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Urgent Fundraiser For Church Street School For Music And Art @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—The Church Street School for Music and Art, the only not-for-profit school for the arts in Manhattan south of Canal Street, called on TriBeCa celebrities to assist at a fundraiser at City Winery on Jan. 4, 2017. Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, actor/author Eric Bogosian, …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Jesse Malin, Beth Hart, Art Garfunkel and more

Jesse Malin/Berlin/March 11, 2017

Jesse Malin has devoted nearly three-quarters of his life to rock and roll. Raised in Whitestone, New York, Malin first entered the East Village music scene at age 12, attending the all-ages hardcore punk shows at CBGB’s and becoming the vocalist for a hardcore band, Heart …

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Kings of Chaos @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—The Rock N Roll All-Stars started with a short tour of South America in 2012 before becoming the recurring Kings of Chaos. The band was never meant to have a permanent lineup, but the initial core lineup included three musicians who had played in Guns N’ Roses: original GNR …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: ZZ Top, The Split Squad, Mrs. Smith & The Rage, and more!

ZZ Top/Beacon Theatre/March 1, 2017

As a child in Houston, Texas, Billy Gibbons listened to classical and country music. His musical trajectory was re-carved when he saw Elvis Presley perform on television, however, and he became transfixed by rock and roll. At age 13, he received an electric guitar and …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Roger Creager, Eisley, and more!

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder/The Appel Room/February 25, 2017

Ricky Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky, and was five years old when his father gave him a mandolin. At age six, he played mandolin and sang on stage with bluegrass icon Bill Monroe. At age seven, he received his first …

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Champagne Jam @ Webster Hall

MANHATTAN, NY—The Front Bottoms held its recurring holiday party, Champagne Jam, at all three rooms of Webster Hall on Dec. 18, 2016. Twelve bands performed this year, most playing for about a half hour while the headliner played for more than an hour. The Front Bottoms, Screaming Females, Brick + …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: John Mark McMillan, Max & Iggor Cavalera, Adam Ant, and more!

John Mark McMillan/Le Poisson Rouge/February 20, 2017

John Mark McMillan taught himself to play guitar as a teenager, sitting on the loading docks behind his father’s storefront church in Pineville, North Carolina. In short time, he began writing songs that were very personal and asked very hard questions about life …

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