This Wednesday June 16th, there is an amazing show going on at the new Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2). It is right next door to the older Rockwood on Allen St just south of Houston St. in downtown Manhattan.
you WILL want to be getting there on the early side because opening the night is the one and only Beyondo @ 8pm. Beyondo is led by none other than singer/trumpeter/comedian Eric Biondo – http://www.ericbiondo.com – who over the last 10 years has achieved something of a cult status in NYC. He is a busy man; not only guiding his band through hundreds of NYC gigs ranging from street festivals, to art galleries, to dive bars, but also performing and recording with Antibalas, TV on the Radio, and Spoon to name a scant few. Beyondo’s ability to relate to his audience is unique because as a writer and a performer, he is able to approach topics from death to dancing and everything in between with sense of humor and reverence. check a few more of his tracks:
Michael Leonhart and The Avramina 7 @ 10pm.
The Seahorse and the Storyteller was released on Truth and Soul Records to much critical acclaim in April 2010 and this album is quickly finding many fans who appreciate Leonhart’s eclectic mixture. (I just heard they will be selling vinyl copies at the show too, so bring an extra 20 bucks) If you dig Bollywood soundtracks, Fela Kuti, Radiohead, or The Beatles, this band will probably convert you too. Really, I know I am painting the entire world in a corner by saying that, but this band really does conjure up all of those spirits, and in an incredibly new way. Leonhart, also a singer/trumpeter, has quite an impressive resume and body of work. If you’re curious about it or want to hear some more of his stuff check out – http://www.michaelleonhart.com/