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Xentrifuge Once Again the Center of NYC Goth Industrial Scene

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:05 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Xris SMack! has revived his monthly “Stimulate” parties, and they are once again the center of gravity for New York City’s gothic-industrial community. The August 2021 edition headlined Xentrifuge and […]

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Musicians are Touring, Despite the COVID Risks

Posted August 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. The numbers of touring musicians continues to increase, even while numerous larger-profile artists announced this month that they were cancelling at least some parts of their tours due to COVID-related […]

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Bands Are Canceling Downtown Shows at Breakneck Pace

Last modified August 12, 2021 at 6:57 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. There are rising concerns in some corners of the music community about a full return to live shows. A few examples affecting downtown venues… Limp Bizkit was supposed to headline […]

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Gigs to See on the Downtown Music Circuit the Month of August

Posted August 2, 2021 at 5:47 am

The downtown music scene is approaching pre-pandemic levels, thanks in large part to increased bookings at many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. August looks more promising than any schedule in the past 16 months. Here are some highlights of upcoming shows this month, along with photographs from a few of the more active venues in July. […]

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Restless Soul: Christopher Paul Stelling at Rockwood Music Hall

Posted July 30, 2021 at 5:07 am

Christopher Paul Stelling lived in New York City for a few years. He inhabits a restless soul, however. Originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, the artist has lived in Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. He spends a lot of time on the road, too, except that last year he had no […]

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The Post-Pandemic Rebound of Downtown Music Venues

Posted July 23, 2021 at 5:17 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Many musicians are hearing applause again for the first time in sixteen months. Sometimes, the applause as they walk on stage is thunderous. Music fans are enthusiastically returning to live […]

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The Intimacy of Jill Sobule at City Winery

Posted July 19, 2021 at 5:07 am

Musicians who hit with a novelty song spend the rest of their lives proving they are more than a one-hit wonder. Jill Sobule, for example, generated curiosity in 1995 for her moderate hit, “I Kissed a Girl.” In 2006, Katy Perry had a huge hit with a different song that shared the same title. Sobule […]

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Everynight Charley Checkup: The Downtown Venues this Summer

Posted July 13, 2021 at 5:09 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. The summer of 2021 is rocking, thanks in large part to all the small downtown Manhattan music clubs, bars and restaurants that have given local musicians a place to play […]

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Local Concert Promoters and Venues Await Federal Assistance

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Shortly after the pandemic closures began in March 2020, the National Independent Venue Operators Association (NIVA) formed and lobbied the federal government with the Save Our Stages Act to prevent […]

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Everynight Charley Checkup: Busking on the Streets

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 am

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Musicians typically choose to play safely before friends, family and fans. In recent weeks, however, many local musicians of various genres have been playing to strangers on the streets of […]

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