Hope you all had a lovely weekend!
Last week was a very social week for moi! I was meeting legends and discovering new places.
As I have mentioned I'm reading Pamela Des Barres latest book "Let's Spend the Night Together" were she interviews women who were muses to very famous rock stars, like Patti D'Arbanville who was a muse for Cat Stevens and Bebe Buell (mom of Liv Tyler) who was a muse for Todd Rundgren, Stiv Badors and Elvis Costello to women who flat out refer to themselves as groupies and are unapologetic about it such as "Sweet" Connie Hamzy (of Grand Funk Railroad "We're an American Band" fame) and to women who have made a unique mark on groupiedom i.e. Cynthia Plaster Caster.
The book is a really fun, a good summer read. I highly recommend it to any music lover. Anyway last tuesday there was a book party for Miss Pamela which my friend Denise and I attended at Arlene's Grocery, were we got to meet Miss Pamela!! She couldn't have been nicer, I told her about my blog and interviews and Denise told her about MEANY fest and hopefully she'll come back to NYC introduce some bands for MEANY fest. She signed our books and took a picture with us and once I get the film back I will post the picture.
Wednesday night, I discovered a new place for all us New York music fans called the Rockwood Music Hall. The smaller and medium sized music venues in New York City seem to be disappearing quickly, they either seem to close due to a dispute with the landlord (i.e. The Bottom Line, CBGB's, Tramps and now I hear the Cutting Room is due to close in Oct for this very reason). Or they get taken over by Clear Channel (i.e. Northsix.) or just get turned into bars for NYU kids (i.e. The Continental). With all these clubs rapidly disappearing, it just seems as if the music scene in New York City is disappearing and so when a new small/medium indie music venue opens it's always a good thing!!
The Rockwood mainly features alt folk type acts and acoustic acts. The room is a fairly small intimate room with good acoustics, it kinda reminds me a little bit of a cleaner Bitter End, and the staff is very friendly, which is a huge plus! Show your support for the indie NYC music scene by going to indie clubs such as the Rockwood, Arlene's and Fontana's, we can't let all the indie venues disappear cause that means the scene will disappear!!
The Rockwood Music Hall is located at 196 Allen Street b/w E. Houston and Stanton, check it out!
This weekend is Siren Fest at Coney Island and I will be there covering it!! Hopefully I will be able to chat with some of the performers on the bill.