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4.6 / 5 Rated by 212 members
Review from Dawn Anthony
44 events 17 reviews

Otis Taylor and his INCREDIBLE trance blues band were headliners for Bluesfest this weekend. The SPACE 10 pm performance was a complete and total score...his immeasurable talent, the bands performance, and all in an acoustic, small venue "space"....continued

reviewed Jun 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Laurelrae
24 events 9 reviews

I love S.P.A.C.E.; it's such an intimate venue to hear great music. Bobby Long was excellent, both with and without his band. The opening act, singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield, was very talented. I highly recommend seeing these two performers...continued

reviewed Nov 16 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Barbara Kaplan
34 events 9 reviews

Megan Mcdunnough's show was spectacular. The best entertainment we've seen in years. She is a remarkable, polished entertainer with heart and enormous skill. We hope you bring her back soon. We'll sign up immediately! Thanks for a terrific show!

reviewed Aug 14 2010 report as inappropriate
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View a photostream of past SPACE concerts.


November 26, 2011:  Leo Nocentelli’s “The Meters Experience” *

*Leo Nocentelli was one of the original members of the Meters, a groundbreaking funk group based in New Orleans from the mid-‘60s to the mid-’70s. The band, playing mostly instrumentals, stayed at the forefront of the music scene in the Big Easy and achieved a good measure of national attention with Nocentelli penning songs and contributing guitar work. He has since gone out on his own developing his style with varied elements that span blues, rock, rap, jazz, and funk, but he considers himself a funk musician, first and foremost. He and his band have performed from coast to coast across the U.S., including an appearance at New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival. He has penned more than 200 songs, some of which were recorded by Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Etta James, the Neville Brothers, Z.Z. Hill, Albert King, and George Duke. NOW, Leo Nocentelli guitarist and founding member of THE ORIGINAL METERS has decided to continue to carry on THE METERS music with such classic hits, such as, CISSY STRUT, FIRE ON THE BAYOU, HEY POCKY WAY and LOOK A PY PY and the list goes on and on. THE MUSIC musical sound is now known as THE METERS EXPERIENCE.

*November 29, 2011: Breathe Owl Breathe w. Little Wings *

Little Wings was formed in San Luis Obisbo, CA, and the music of Little Wings carries the landscape of its place of origin like clouds carry water vapor, to release it in a myriad of forms over a changing landscape. Little wings is a project that revolves around frontman and songwriter Kyle Field, sometimes with drummer Adam Selzer, keyboardist Rob Kieswetter, bassist Mark Leece, and others. His debut album, Discover Worlds of Wonder_, was released in 1999 by Walking Records and later in 2000 by K Records. It has been called “a dreamy, balladic tribute to the surreal aspects of the contemporary Californian landscape.” Little Wings followed up this first release with The Wonder City_ and Wonderue_to complete their Wonder Trilogy, consisting of three albums released on K and Knw-Yr-Own Records. In 2003, Little Wings released Harvest Joy_, followed by Magic Wand in 2004 and Glow in 2005. He released Soft Pow’r in 2007. Kyle Field has played with the likes of Grandaddy, Lee Baggett, and Devendra Banhart, and is also a talented visual artist. Field contributed bass and vocals in the band Rodriguez with M. Ward and Mike Funk. A book of his drawings was published by the label Ahornfelder.

Genre: Americana/Folk

November 30, 2011: *Edie Carey w/ Dave Sills *

“Accidental Poet,” one of Edie Carey’s earliest songs, describes a particularly eloquent friend, but could just as easily refer to Carey herself and the circuitous and serendipitous route that led her to become one of the country’s most notable young songwriters. Somehow, all of the seemingly unrelated turns – from her intention to become a doctor, to a tiny music room in the basement of a Morningside Heights’ chapel, to a year in Italy – managed to steer her towards music. _

Genre: Singer-songwriter_

December 1, 2011: Stew and The Negro Problem

Stew’s Works include Passing Strange for which he received the 2008 Tony award for ‘Best Book of a Musical.’ Wrote lyrics and co-composed music for the same. Two-time Obie winner: ‘Best New Theater Piece’ and, as a member of the PS acting family, ‘Best Ensemble.’ A four-time Tony nominee, Stew leads, along with his collaborator Heidi Rodewald, two critically acclaimed bands: The Negro Problem and Stew. Works: Post Minstrel Syndrome (TNP 1997), Joys and Concerns (TNP 1999), Guest Host (S 2000), The Naked Dutch Painter (S 2002), Welcome Black (TNP 2002), Something Deeper Than These Changes (S 2003) and the cast album of Passing Strange (2008). *

December 3, 2011: Webb Wilder

*Hardly a purist, he has described the music he and his band, The Beatnecks, make as, “Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans.” In essence: Rock and Roll. There’s nothing new about combining R & B, Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Pop and Rock. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles proved that it can yield marvelous and diverse results. I said he wasn’t a PURIST. I didn’t say he wasn’t very PICKY about the quality of the music. That includes everything from the sonics of the recordings, the choice of players, the influences he draws on, the songs he chooses to cover, or how attentive he is to the craftsmanship of his own songs.

Genre: Country/Blues/Rock*

  • *December 6, 2011: Harper Blynn

Harper Blynn is classic pop reimagined. The band’s instantly hummable music is remarkable not only for its breadth but also its intimacy, ranging from four-on-the-floor dance stompers to near-whispered pleas for understanding. In 2009, the Brooklyn quartet caught the ear of journeyman producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes), who signed on to produce their debut full-length, Loneliest Generation. Besides playing over 150 dates in 2010, the band also managed to release a self-produced eponymous EP that demonstrates the tremendous growth and confidence that a year on the road can provide. As inspiring as these recordings are, Harper Blynn effortlessly transcends them in concert, delivering three-part harmonies over a smartly-arranged blend of guitar, keyboards, bass and drums that is at once minimalistically modern and timelessly organic. In fact, the band’s musical proficiency and on-stage chemistry raise an uncomfortable question: “Where did all the real bands go?” We may never know for sure, but at least there’s one still standing: Harper Blynn.

  • December 8, 2011: *"Jeffrey Foucault *":

Genre: Singer-songwriter *

December 14, 2011: Dave Specter’s Adventures in Guitar Holiday Blues Party w. Jimmy Johnson

Dave Specter’s “Adventures in Guitar” will feature Dave and his band performing with a featured guest guitarist from the musical worlds of blues, jazz and rock & roll in a series of performances at SPACE. Guitarist,producer,Delmark & Fret12 Recording Artist Dave Specter straddles the fence between blues and jazz with a hip disregard for arbitrary restrictions. Dave has recently been touring Europe in support of his latest CD “Spectified”, which was recorded at the LOCM recording studios behind SPACE. 4 Star review Downbeat Magazine. “A gifted instrumentalist with a variety of styles at his disposal, Specter is an unsung talent on the Chicago blues scene. Specter is no blues purist, but rather an enthusiast who incorporates elements of bluesmen like T-Bone Walker, Magic Sam, and Otis Rush in his work, along with jazzier influences like Kenny Burrell”

  • *December 16, 2011: Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

*From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to the deepest slow blues,

guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lil’ Ed Williams is an awe-inspiring master bluesman. He and his blistering, road-tested band, The Blues Imperials—guitarist Mike Garrett, bassist James “Pookie” Young, drummer Kelly Littleton—are celebrating 20 amazing years together. Live, Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials simply can’t be beat as Ed breaks out the deepest back-bends, the highest toe-walks, and the most authentic electric slide-guitar blues being played today. Not since the heyday of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers has a Chicago blues band made such a consistently joyous, rollicking noise.

Genre: Blues*

  • *December 17, 2011: Emerson Hart of Tonic

If Emerson Hart’s name wasn’t a household word when he released his first solo album, 2007’s Cigarettes and Gasoline, his voice and his songs were already familiar to millions of fans from his years as the leader of the group Tonic. Hart was born on July 21, 1969, in South Orange, NJ, where as a child he became close friends with Jeff Russo. Both Hart and Russo took up the guitar in their teens, and in 1993 the two decided to put together a band; enlisting bassist Dan Rothchild and drummer Kevin Shepard, they formed Tonic and hit the road for Los Angeles. In 1995, Tonic signed with A&M Records, and they released their first album, Lemon Parade, which mixed the band’s muscular but tuneful alternative pop/rock with rooty accents. On the strength of the singles “Open Up Your Eyes,” “If You Could Only See,” and “Soldier’s Daughter,” Lemon Parade went platinum, and the band produced their 1999 follow-up, Sugar, with the help of Mark Endert and Nick Gatfield. Sugar was also Tonic’s first album with new bassist Dan Lavery, who had signed on with the group in 1998. After contributing songs to a number of film and television soundtracks (including American Pie, X-Files: Fight the Future, and King of the Hill), Tonic went into the studio with hard rock producer Bob Rock in 2002 to make their third full-length, Head on Straight, but while the album brought the band two Grammy nominations, it was a commercial disappointment. In 2003, Hart relocated to Nashville, and first stepped out as a solo artist by writing, producing, and performing the song “Generation,” which became the theme song for the television series American Dreams, and while Tonic would do occasional live shows, Hart began to focus on a solo career from here on. In 2005, he began writing songs for his first album on his own, and brought in Bob Rock, Jason Lehning, and Mike Napolitano to produce sessions in Nashville and New Orleans. In 2006, Hart signed a solo deal with the EMI-distributed Manhattan Records imprint, and the label released Cigarettes and Gasoline in the spring *of 2007.

Genre: Singer-songwriter*

  • *December 18, 2011: Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group *

Robin and Linda Williams are like your next-door neighbors – assuming your neighbors are the salt-of-the-earth and top-flight performers to boot. One minute you picture borrowing a cup of sugar from these two; the next, you’re completely stunned by their jaw-dropping talent. Bottom line: You feel right at home at a Robin and Linda concert, and their music stays with you like an old friend.

Genre: Bluegrass/Folk/Country


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