Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quick Reminder: This Saturday, October 6, 2012: You Can Catch Buskin & Batteau and Freebo at First Acoustics (Rather Than Head To The Barclays LIBOR Center)

Here is a quick reminder: This Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM you can you can catch Buskin & Batteau and Freebo as part of the First Acoustics music series.  That’s instead of going to yet another one of those Jay-Z concerts being held that night in the Ratner/Prokhorov Barclays (LIBOR) Center, that place Jay-Z helped to promote in selling the community out.

More about the First Acoustics series (so you don’t even consider going to the corporatized  “Barclays” Center) is available here: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Alternatives To The Scandalously Spawned, Scandalously Named Ratner/Prokhorov “Barclays” Center: Protest & Locally Nurtured Concerts.  All the links you need are there.

The season just opened with Roosevelt Dime and Honor Finnegan.  Writing when that last concert was upcoming, I concentrated on my excited expectations of seeing Roosevelt Dime.  You never know exactly what to expect!:  Roosevelt Dime was great, but I had no idea how blown away I would be by Honor Finnegan who has an unusually beautiful voice combined with some great song-writing talent and performance skills.
Honor Finnegan at First Accoustics
I’d heard Honor once before as part of a night of Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration.  (That performance evening, a different women singers paying tribute to Joni Mitchell, is scheduled to conclude this year’s First Acoustics season.)  Nevertheless, I wasn’t prepared for how marvelously Ms. Finnegan could handle a whole set by herself.

Ms. Finnigan’s “Life Is Short” (also on her CD- All her best songs are) is morbidly funny, and her bluesy, “Internet Junkie” which I had heard her sing before is . .   mordantly amusing.  You may want it as a regular song cycling through on your play list.  Hearing it again reminded me how good it is.  Honor can also evoke classic Billie Holiday.  Too bad if you weren’t there.

Roosevelt Dime at First Accoustics
One surprise about Roosevelt Dime was a knowing riff we got from the stage about the virtues of Red Molly (coming at next at the First Acoustics on October 12th).  I handed out a Noticing New York rave for Red Molly in the last post I put up about the First Acoustics series.  It turns out, as we were told that night, Roosevelt Dime and Red Molly participate regularly with some other musicians in a "new compositions" workshop.  It’s something I am going to try to be around for at least once.

I am looking forward to being pleasantly surprised again this Saturday.  Visiting their sites it looks like we’ll hear some wonderful warm guitar music from Buskin & Batteau and something similar but maybe a little jazzier from Freebo.

Meanwhile, I am wondering how many performers and how many of us of the public for very good reasons are going to be shunning the “Barclays” Center: I am suggesting for at least the next seven years.

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