Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief) at Space Ballroom 3.1.18

Lately I’ve been doing more comedy shows and trips but missing out on when I used to go to random music shows. In LA the Satellite had a fun cheap night of music (which I wrote about a lot here) and I really miss that. I decided to look up the calendar to the hippest+cheapest local music venue (The Ballroom on Treadwell St in Hamden,CT), and I picked out a random midweek concert to check out. I googled Adrianne Lenker, listened to her Spotify station and got tickets to her show for March 1st, 2018.


I for sure felt like one of the oldest people in the room, which I didn’t expect given the mature mellow songs that Adrianne Lenker and Henry Jamison (her opener) performed. I guess I anticipated an older crowd, but I was wrong.


Adrianne’s opener was Henry Jamison, who was really excellent. You should check him out on Spotify. He also has a song playing at Starbucks (or so he mentioned at the show). Henry’s stories between songs showcased what a hilarious weirdo he is, and I really mean that lovingly. He’s a quiet, chill, unique guy and I loved his antidotes.


Henry will be back to New Haven at Cafe Nine on April 6th. Check out his music video here for Real Peach.


Adrianne Lenker came out next. She was having some anxiety, as this was the first stop on her tour and she’d been living the last year as an introvert. One of the first things to happen as she took the stage was to have a guitar string snap as she was tuning up. Thankfully there were at least 5 visible guitars on stage with her so it was an easy swap out, although Im sure it didn’t help with her anxiety.


Once she started playing, she got back in the groove of things and she played beautifully and confidently. We got to hear a lot of new music that will come out later this year and she even let the audience tell her what to play as she closed out the night. Check out this link to see if she’s coming near you soon!



Do This Today: Rudeyna at Cafe Nine


Tonight head over to Cafe Nine to catch Rudeyna for $5 (at the door). Here’s Cafe Nine’s blurb:
“From Beirut, Lebanon to New Haven, CT, the music is inspired by international and local influences, and the project is brought to life by Rudeyna (Herbie Hancock, B.Balusubarhmaniyan, the Stepkids), Bill Readey (Pencilgrass, M.T. Bearington), Kenny Owens (St. Bernadette, Pocket Hotties), Adrian Vandegraaff (Titles, The Way Down, Trey Anastasio, Snake Oil), and Scott Packham (Oh, Cassius!). Like Freddy Mercury co-writing with Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone starring in Ziggy Stardust, or T. M. Thiagarajan composing for Charlie Chaplin.”

Should be a fun night and only $5!

Event: Rudeyna at Cafe Nine (event link)
Location: Cafe Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven CT
Time: January 15, 2015, 8p doors, 9p show
Cost: $5 at the door

Do This Today: The 9th Note


I’m new to New Haven, so maybe this is something you are all hitting up on Wednesdays, but The 9th Note has $2 off absinthe drinks on Wednesdays. And they also offer up $5 jazz, which means you can spend this cold night getting warm with discounted cocktails and jazz. Sounds like a fun hump day to me!

Event: Absinthe Wednesdays (event link)
Location: The 9th Note, 56 Orange Street, New Haven CT
Time: January 7, 2015, 5pm all night
Cost: $5

Do This Today: Echo Park Rising!

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I went to Echo Park Rising last year and it was a really fun neighborhood music event. I went in the afternoon, parked up the road off of sunset. I went knowing I wanted to walk around and get exercise while hearing some bands. There are stages in shops, restaurants and actual music venues. The variety is awesome and there are tons of food trucks. The people watching is incredible, as you can imagine, and it’s all right by Echo Park Lake so you can take breaks and walk down to the water. Check out HERE for the lineup of bands and they even let you create a schedule for where you need to be at what times to see the bands you want. Oh did I mention this is all FREE! 

Event: Echo Park Rising (link)
Location: All around Echo Park near Taix, the Echo and other Echo Park establishments on /near Sunset Blvd
Time: August 15-17, 2014, all day
Cost: FREE!!

Do This Today: Bootleg Theater


Bootleg Bar is the place to be tonight. Come see Owenstone perform for $10. Show starts at 8p!

Event: Owenstone at Bootleg Theater (link)
Location: Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Time: August 12, 2014, 7:30 doors
Cost: $10 tickets HERE

Do This Today: SPOON at the Forever Cemetery

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Tonights event is a little pricier than I normally recommend, but haven’t you always wanted to see at concert at a cemetery? For $32.50 you can enjoy this outdoor SPOON concert under the stars.

Event: SPOON at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (event link)
Location: Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Friday August 8, 2014, 7pm
Cost: $32.50 tickets HERE

Do This Today: Live Music at Troubadour

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Tonight for $20 you can see Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Alec Ounsworth SOLO at the Troubadour. Come on, it’s Thursday night- live a little!

Event: Live Music at the Troubladour (event link)
Location: 9081 Santa Monica Blvd,West Hollywood, CA
Time: Thursday August 7, 2014, doors 8pm
Cost: $20 tickets HERE