Richie Furay @ B.B. King Blues Club

MANHATTAN, NY—Paul Richard “Richie” Furay was about 20 years old when he finished college and left his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio, to become a folksinger in New York City. This was 1964. There he met Stephen Stills. Together they led the nine-member Au Go Go Singers, the house band …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: May 7 – May 13

TarantinosNYC/Otto’s Shrunken Head/May 7, 2014

Unsteady Freddie has created a unique music scene in the New York area by hosting his Unsteady Freddie’s Surf-Rock Shindig on the first Saturday of each month at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Among the often-booked performers is the TarantinosNYC, a New York-based instrumental quartet that plays …

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Black Label Society @ Best Buy Theater

MANHATTAN, NY—Zakk Wylde was 19 years old when he joined Ozzy Osbourne’s band as lead guitarist and co-writer. He performed with Osbourne for nearly 20 years. Wylde then formed Pride & Glory in the early 1990s, playing a mixture of bluesy Southern rock with heavy metal; the band recorded one …

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Rodney Crowell @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—Rodney Crowell was born in 1950 in Crosby, Texas, to a poor but musical family. One grandfather was a church choir leader, the other was a bluegrass banjo player, one grandmother played guitar and his father sang semi-professionally. At age 11, Rodney starting playing drums in his father’s hillbilly …

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Colin Blunstone/Edward Rogers @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—The Los Angeles-based Edward Rogers is an Emmy Award-winning composer for television shows including Warehouse 13. The New York-based Edward Rogers, however, is a British-born singer-songwriter with a low-key history in the local music scene. The latter Rogers moved to New York City when he was 12 years …

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Off! @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Dimitri Coats, vocalist/guitarist of Burning Brides, was producing an album for the reunited Circle Jerks in 2009, but the album fell apart. Coats and the Circle Jerks’ lead singer, Keith Morris, had written a few songs together, and so they formed a new band with bassist Steven Shane McDonald …

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Nickel Creek @ Beacon Theatre

MANHATTAN, NY—The origins of a Southern California bluegrass band, Nickel Creek (formerly known as The Nickel Creek Band) started with a meeting of two pre-teen mandolin students, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile. Sean recruited his sister, Sara Watkins, to play fiddle, and Chris’ dad, Scott Thile, played bass. At first, …

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The Split Squad @ The Bowery Electric

MANHATTAN, NY—It is 1980 again, or maybe even 1965, thanks to The Split Squad, a new band comprised of old wave pop veterans. Singer/bassist Michael Giblin of Cherry Twister and Parallax Project began assembling like-minded friends in 2011. The first recruit was guitarist Keith Streng of The Fleshtones, followed by …

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Stryper @ Stage 48

MANHATTAN, NY—Vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet and drummer Robert Sweet became born-again Christians in 1975. Inspired by the burgeoning nearby Los Angeles hard rock bands such as Van Halen, but distressed by their message, the Orange County-based Sweet brothers formed a band that would extol their worldview and religious beliefs. With a …

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Boy George @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—Boy George was born George Alan O’Dowd in 1961 in Kent, England. Growing up as a teenaged David Bowie fan in the 1970s, he started dressing up. George was part of the English New Romanticism movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. He and his …

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