If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere, especially this week. Wetlands Preserve is closing it's doors Saturday night, but they're not going out with a fight. Luckily they've invited everyone to celebrate the same music and vibe they've been fueling the party with for over a decade. They've got a line up to die for over the next 6 nights. Beyond the festivities down on Hudson St, the CMJ Music Marathon is hitting town bringing two of the scenes major SUPERgroups with them amongst the wide array of rock and alternative music options. Add all that to the always healthy New York City music scene and you've got yourself a week.
Some of my recommendations... for the full lot of options check out the NYC dates on JamBase or CMJ's listings.
DJ Logic brings Project Logic to start off the final countdown at Wetlands. These guys have been ripping the grooves with their live show lately. This show has been billed with special guests and the almost-confirmed word in NYC is that the ubiquitous Warren "F'in" Haynes will grace the Wetlands stage, axe in hand, one more time as part of the Project on Monday night.
Also on Monday is Lake Trout at The Knitting Factory if their rocking form of punktronica is what fuels you.
Take the night off... it's a long way to next Monday from here ;).
SuperFREAK Skerik brings Critters Buggin to the East Coast for the first time and brings his cosmic funk to Wetlands as well. Bachir and Mustapha Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka are touring with Critters and are sure to augment the overall sonic experience. Check out the recent story on JamBase about these masters.
There couldn't be a week of packed-to-the-gills musical masterpieces at Wetlands without Steve Kimock. He is such a part of the venue's recent history that an adjective has been named after him. Be sure that it will be "Steve Kimock packed" at the 'Lands on Thursday night as the Steve Kimock Band graces the stage for one last time. Melvin Sparks will have the groove going in the lounge in case you need to catch your breath.
Of course, there's more than just Wetlands this week. Thursdays just wouldn't be Thursdays without Wayne Krantz at 55 Bar in the Village. Krantz has been unreal lately and is NYC's answer to Steve Kimock. Take the Krantz/Kimock challenge - check out Wayne and Co's early set before heading over to the Wetlands for the second Kimock set and see who's Fender sends your mind on a bender.
More fun Thursday at Tribeca Blues with Zen Tricksters hosting a Deadhead's dream of a party - starring Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Rowan and more!
Exhausted yet? The weekend brings the BIG GUNS to Gotham. Friday night and Saturday night features Bob Weir and Ratdog packing in the jams on the main stage at Wetlands. These are the final two nights and Jake has done the club and its fans proud with some serious music. It will be standing room only as it has been since the beginning and I'm sure tears will be shed. And who knows what kind of unexpected silliness will be had as the final moments of the Wetlands Preserve become history.
Also on Friday over at the Lion's Den will be Chicago's rippers Umphrey's McGee. They open for Boston's Addison Groove Project. This is going to be one rocking night at the Den!
Added to all this music is the band bringing the most ado of them all - Oysterhead. Of course, for most people it will be much ado about nothing - the hardest ticket in town is Oysterhead (with Lake Trout and The Cancer Conspiracy in support) at Irving Plaza on Saturday night as part of the CMJ Music Marathon.
And last, but certainly not least is a Sunday night groove-o-rama with Garage A Trois. Brought to you by Velour Presents, B.B. King's Blues Club will play host to this supergroup's first NYC appearance (heck, it's practically their first time out of New Orleans). Don't miss your rare chance to check out Stanton Moore of Galactic, Skerik from Critters Buggin (back in NYC for more!), Charlie Hunter, as well as Mike Dillon from Critters on percussion. Antibalas will open the Sunday service of boogie. They're clearing out the dance floor and any energy you have left after this long week will be spent right there in Times Square.