Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spotlight Artist - Homeboy Steve

Our next spotlight artist is guitarist Steve Antonakos, a.k.a. Homeboy Steve. Our description of Steve will be brief, just like his answers to our questions were brief:

Steve is a talented guitarist that plays in several bands, makes cool flyers for his gigs, reads MurphGuide.com on occasion and answered our questions below:
How long have you been performing?
35 years.

Past lives (i.e., previous bands, your early years, etc.):
Blue Chieftans, NY Loose, 5 Chinese Brothers, Greg Garing

Favorite venues to play:
Banjo Jim's, Hill Country, The Ear Inn, The National Underground

Musical influences:
First Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, then a lot of other stuff . . .

Tell us a story or anecdote about performing live.
The gig never ends, it's just that some breaks are longer than others.

Any advice to someone just starting out?
Don't stop.

Blatant self-promotion: What would you like to plug?
Look out for new records by Dirty Water Dogs, Love Camp 7, Homeboy Steve

website: homeboysteve.com
facebook: Homeboy-Steve
Youtube: homeboystevea
Myspace: homeboysteve
Reverb Nation: homeboysteve

Where can we buy your music?
Live gigs.

Here are some of Homeboy Steve's upcoming gigs...
Thursday, March 31, 2011
with Homeboy Steve
The Local 269
269 E. Houston St. (Suffolk St.)
New York, NY

and then...
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Drina Seay
with Homeboy Steve
no cover
Banjo Jim's
700 E. 9th St. (Ave. C)
New York, NY
(212) 777-0869
Steve plays acoustic guitar with the traditional Greek band Magges...
Friday, April 1
Magges at Lafayette Grill & Bar
Lafayette Grill & Bar
54 Franklin St. (between Broadway & Lafayette St.)
New York, NY
212 732-5600
Saturday, April 9
Magges at Teneleven
10pm - late
171 Avenue C (between 10th & 11th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 353-1011
Steve plays guitar with Angel Drake...
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Angel Drake at Banjo Jim's
Banjo Jim's
700 E. 9th St. (Ave. C)
New York, NY
(212) 777-0869
Steve plays guitar with the Cajun zydeco funk band Dirty Water Dogs.
They have a monthly residency at The Ear Inn...
Dirty Water Dogs
3rd Monday of every month
midnight - 3am
The Ear Inn
326 Spring St.
(between Washington & Greenwich St.)
New York, NY
(212) 431-9750

Saturday, April 30
Dirty Water Dogs at Percy's Tavern

no cover
10pm - 1am
Percy's Tavern
210 Avenue A (13th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 228-4885

Can you recommend any other act(s) we should feature on MurphGuide?
Dirty Water Dogs, Magges, Love Camp 7, Drina Seay, Wanda Phipps, Karen Hudson

Below is a clip of Homeboy Steve performing "Gunhill Road"with Dirty Water Dogs.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: 100 Years Ago

Today marks one hundred years since the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, a significant event in NYC and US history. The fire at 29 Washington Pl. in Greenwich Village, killed 146 people, most of them young female Jewish & Italian immigrants, including many children. A "shirtwaist" is another name for a blouse, and the aftermath of this disaster lead to major reforms in industrial and fire safety. You can learn more about the event on wikipedia, or if you have time, check out the documentary "American Experience: Triangle Fire" on PBS.org.

But Murph, you might ask, what does this have to do with NYC nightlife?
Nothing, really, but below is a video of our friend Pat Robinson of The Itinerants, singing a song he wrote about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. It was recorded at a recent performance at Kenny's Castaways in Greenwich Village, a few blocks away from the site. So there you go...
Video by Peter Perenyi. Song written & performed by Pat Robinson.

Big Apple Feis & Big Apple Rose of Tralee 2011

Fans of Irish music and dance should check out The Big Apple Feis this weekend at The Millennium Hotel in Times Square.

Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27
Big Apple Feis
A weekend-long festival of Irish dance & music competition and Irish cultural events.

Millennium Broadway Hotel
& Hudson Theatre

145 W. 44th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY
Details at: BigAppleFeis.com

As part of the weekend's festivities, there is also the NYC entry in the Rose of Tralee...
Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27
Big Apple Rose of Tralee

Selections of a Big Apple Rose, Escort, Junior Rose, and Rosebud will be held at the Big Apple Feis. The winning Rose and Escort will go on to represent New York at the Rose of Tralee Regional Selection in Ireland. The International Rose of Tralee and Escort will serve as worldwide ambassadors for Irish heritage and culture.

The Rose of Tralee programs encourage young women (Roses, Junior Roses, and Rosebuds) and young men (Escorts) to take pride in their Irish heritage and to get involved in service to their local Irish communities. Participants in all programs are required to have some Irish ancestry. Judging is based on communication skills, poise, personality, talent, well-roundedness in life, an essay (“Lass and Colleen”), and Irish pride. All titleholders will receive a tiara and prize package and will go on to represent the New York Irish community at local area events.

Friday March 25:
Opening Ceremonies
Rose Interviews - 6pm
Celebratory ceili - 7pm
featuring some of the great session and ceili musicians in the tri-state area. The céilí is open to the public: musicians and dancers of all levels are welcome.
Admission is $5 in advance through Smarttix or $10 at the door.

This will be held at the 8th floor conference center of The Millennium Hotel.

Saturday, March 26:
Rose Competition

Cocktail reception - 6pm
Includes open bar, dinner, and VIP seating to the 7:30pm program
Tickets: $100 and are available through Smarttix.
The reception will feature music by Joyce and Ruth O’Leary of Sephira and a performance of “Capone” by The Lynn Academy Troupe Dancers, featuring choreography by Maureen Collins.
Big Apple Rose of TraleeProgram-only tickets:
VIP Orchestra - $50
General Admission seating - $35.

The evening’s program will begin at 7:30pm and will feature the interview and talent portions of the competition. The Junior Roses and Rosebuds will make their debut during this event.

Sunday, March 27:
2011 Rose Selection Gala (formal attire)
Final interviews of the Roses will take place and the 2011 Big Apple NY Rose, Escort, Junior Rose, and Rosebud will be crowned.

Music by Sephira
A Play by George Heslin (Origin Production) First Irish Theater
The theme of the Gala is “The First of Firsts,” honoring the various “Firsts” in Irish culture in the U.S. This year’s honorees include Peter Smith, Anna O’Sullivan, Fedelmia Davis, and Joan & Cyril McNiff, the founding members of the IDTANA (Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America); Michael Flatley, the first U.S. male world champion Irish dancer and the producer of the first movie about Irish dance, Lord of the Dance in 3D; Dennis Dennehy, Mr. Flatley’s Irish dance teacher; Theresa O’Sullivan, the first U.S. World Champion Irish Dancer; Patsy McLoughlin, Ms. O’Sullivan’s Irish dance teacher; Mr. Paul F. Thiele, a lifetime supporter of Irish arts and culture; singers and violinists Joyce and Ruth O’Leary, the “Celtic Girls,” fresh off their tour with “Celtic Thunder”; and George C. Heslin, Founder and Artistic Director of The Origin Theatre Company, producer of the first festival of Irish theatre in New York.
There will be a “Meet and Greet” with some of the honorees during the evening. The program will feature entertainment by the evening’s honorees, including an original play by George C. Heslin of The Origin Theatre Company; a performance of “A Journey Through Time” by The Lynn Academy Troupe Dancers, choreographed by Maureen Collins; music by Joyce and Ruth O’Leary of Sephira; as well as a showcase of emerging Irish artists.

Purchase tickets via SmartTix.com or call (212) 868-4444.
more info at: bigappleroseoftralee.com

Program begins 7:30pm at Hudson Theatre:

Hudson Theatre
Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 W. 44th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY

For more information, contact:
Unateresa Gormley - Artistic Director
USG Performing Arts Presenters, LLC
(914) 715-9914 email: bigappleroseoftralee@yahoo.com
bigappleroseoftralee.com and bigapplefeis.com

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Benefits for Japan in NYC

[Note: These events have already taken place. For upcoming Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Benefits, see: More Benefits for Japan in NYC]

New Yorkers are coming together to support the people of Japan in the aftermath of their unfortunate series of devastating natural and man-made disasters.

Here are some fundraising events that will benefit Japan relief efforts...
Thursday, March 24
Comedy Benefit
Red Cross Benefit for Japan
A special one-night only benefit show in cooperation with
the Red Cross to help those affected by the recent devastation in Japan.
All money raised this Thursday will go to help those hurt by the earthquake and tsunami.
No tickets will be accepted for this special engagement.
To make a reservation, call: (212) 861-9386. This show WILL sell-out.

Scheduled to appear:
Louis C.K. - VH1’s "Stand Up Spotlight– FX’s hit show “Louie”
Colin Quinn – SNL, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Broadway show “Long Story Short”
Alan Colmes - “The Alan Colmes Show”, Fox’ “Hannity & Colmes”
Judah Friedlander – NBC’s “30 Rock,” Meet The Parents, Zoolander
Wayne Federman – HBO’s “Larry Sanders Show”, HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasum”
Joe Bolster – CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman”
Jim Mendrinos - comedy writer: SNL
Patty Rosborough - Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater
Steve Scheffer - VH1’s "Stand Up Spotlight
and more...
(A special possible surprise appearance by long-time close friend of the club who we can’t even name here.)
Comic Strip Live
1568 Second Ave.
(between 81st & 82nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 861-9386

Wednesday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 30
Dine Out for Japan
For 1 week, participating restaurants are donating a portion of their profits to The Red Cross.
For a list of participating restaurants, visit:
Thursday, March 24
Fundraiser for Japan at Tammany Hall
$10 donation at the door.
Featuring Alex from Tokyo, Ali Coleman, Chin Chin, ADM, and more
Tammany Hall
152 Orchard St. (between Stanton & Rivington St.)
New York, NY
212 982-7767

Monday, March 28
The Good Beer Seal presents...
Brewers for Brewers: Earthquake Relief Benefit
Brewers for Brewers BenefitBrewers for Brewers
It’s time to stop reading about the disaster in Japan and to start doing something about it.
Join the local brewing community to support the Kiuchi Brewery in Japan.
Kiuchi brews Hitachino, and while their brewery hasn’t experienced too much damage, they are using their working bottling lines to bottle water, and are feeding as many people as they can in their restaurant.

Brooklyn Brewery will share their taps with selections from Empire Brewing Co., Heartland Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Sixpoint Craft Ales, Kelso of Brooklyn, Victory Brewing Co., and Coney Island Brewing.
Food provided by The Brooklyn Kitchen & The Meat Hook, Jimmy’s No. 43, Tanuki Tavern, and Waterfront Ale House
All proceeds will go directly to Kiuchi’s efforts to support their fellow sake and artisanal beer breweries in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Purchase tickets online: brownpapertickets.com
7pm - 10pm
Brooklyn Brewery
#1 Brewers Row
79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 486-7422

Thursday, March 31
Party With Purpose present...
Party With Purpose

Rockjazz for Japan
Featuring performances by:
ELEW, Cassandra Wilson, Great Big Planes, & Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Desmond Richardson

With a special guest appearance by Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker
Party with a Purpose will donate all proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders & Save The Children Relief Efforts in Japan.
General admission: $60
General admission + open bar: $100
Doors at 7pm
Event Begins at 8pm
The Gramercy Theatre
127 E. 23rd St. (bet. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S)
New York, NY
(212) 777-6800

VIP tickets include catered, open bar pre-party from 7pm-8pm with an appearance by ELEW, and VIP seating. Only 75 VIP tickets will be sold.
For more information visit partywithpurpose.org
Surprise guest just announced! Zach Galifianakas
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Bklyn ♥ Japan - Part I
Host: Liam McEneaney
with Music by:
Ra Ra Riot
Sean Bones

Comedy by:
Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers, Delocated)
Todd Barry (Louis, many Comedy Central specials)
Lisa Delarios (from Party Machine @ Union Hall)
Surprise guest (which was announced today: Zach Galifianakas)

Dance party with:
DJ Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)
DJ Baio (Vampire Weekend)
7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show
$15 adv / $20 doors
The Bell House
149 7th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
718 643-6510

There is another show April 15.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Fundraiser for Japan
The Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni Association of NY (JETAANY), in partnership with NY de Volunteer, will be raising funds to benefit Japan.
$25 at the door includes:
Drink specials, entertainment, and raffle prizes

Details at jetaany.org/helpjapan
6:30pm - 9:30pm
54 W. 21st St.
(between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 989-0096

Tuesday, April 5
Brazen Head Fundraiser
Fundraiser for the Japanese Relief Effort
Santori Single Malt Whiskey - $10
Absolute Brooklyn - $7
Half of all the sales of these 2 wonderful liquors will be donated to the Japanese relief effort.
RSVP via facebook
The Brazen Head
228 Atlantic Ave.
(between Court St. & Boerum Pl.)
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 488-0430

Wednesday, April 6
Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fundraiser
Suggested donation: $20 at the door
includes specials on selected drafts and well drinks
Raffles prizes
100% of the donations will go to the American Red Cross Relief Fund
RSVP- karen.he311@gmail.com
or via facebook
Blaggard's Pub
8 W. 38th St.
(between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY

[Update: The Auction for Hope fundraising event at Gstaad has been canceled. The auction has been changed to an on-line auction. Details coming soon...]
Wednesday, April 6
Scene PR presents...
Auction for Hope: A fundraiser for Japan at Gstaad

Silent Auction
Raffle ticket to win a Apple iPod Touch
RSVP at: auctionforhope.eventbrite.com/

SCENEPR plans & promotes a series of events for young professionals, entrepreneurs and organizations working in or around the media, arts, finance & entertainment industries.
Friday, April 8
Dance for Japan
A benefit for earthquake/tsunami victim relief featuring over 40 DJs on 4 floors
Dance local, think global takes on new meaning tonight,
as the DJ community of New York comes together to raise money for the victims of the Japan disaster. Come out for a very special night of music from the best DJs in NYC, and support the people of Japan as they struggle to rebuild. Donations will be collected at Pacha, proceeds to go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Free admission before midnight on guestlist:

Purchase tickets:

Doors 10pm
Table Reservations 212.209.7500
Pacha New York
618 W. 46th St.
(between 11th & 12th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 209-7500

Friday, April 8
The NY Volunteering Meetup Group
Japan Earthquake Fundraiser
Join this Meetup group & RSVP
Suggested Donation: $10
(make checks payable to the American Red Cross referencing the Japanese earthquake)
All proceeds will be donated to support the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
6:30 - 9pm
Studio XXI
59 W. 21st St. (near 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 359-4200
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Concert for Japan
Japan Society presents a 12-hour concert and open house extravaganza benefiting organizations that directly help people affected by the earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan. In addition to various music acts by dozens of artists, this one-day event offers special activities for all ages, from Origami and Washi Lantern Installation workshops for good wishes, to Language Classes, Calligraphy Workshops, Kamishibai Storytelling and more.

100% of proceeds from this event will go to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Japanese sweets are available for free sampling and tasting.
Other food and drinks will be available for purchase.

see Concert Schedule
11am – 12:30pm
Open Concert
New York Suwa Taiko Association
with allied members from: Taiko Masala, New York Taiko Aikokai, Sakura Taiko, Ninja Taiko, Brooklyn Genki Daiko and Taiko Club of Brooklyn Waldorf.
Cocolo Japanese Gospel Choir
*No ticket required - seating is first come, first served

Gala Block (sold out)
Philip Glass & Hal Willner
Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson & John Zorn

Japanese Traditional Music:
Masayo Ishigure and Miyabi koto shamisen ensemble (koto, bass koto, shamisen, shakuhachi), Sadahiro Kakitani (ryuteki), Mutsumi Takamizu and Masumi Takamizu (shamisen/vocal, koto), Yumi Kurosawa (20 string koto), James Nyoraku Schlefer and Kyo Shin An Shakuhachi Dojo (shakuhachi), Taikoza (taiko, shakuhachi, fue).
*No ticket required - seating is first come, first served

Western Classical and Contemporary Music:
Mari Kimura (violin), Makoto Nakura (marimba), Taka Kigawa (piano), Lisa Bielawa (composer/vocalist).
*No ticket required - seating is first come, first served

6:00 – 7:20 pm
Gala Block (sold out)
Ryuichi Sakamoto with Special Guests
M.O.D. Technologies, Bill Laswell, Gigi, Bernie Worrell, Hideo Yamaki and many others

Rock/Pop Bands:
Me & Mars, The Suzan, Hard Nips, Echostream, DJ Aki
Plus Salmé from Tokyo!
*No ticket required - seating is first come, first served

Japan Society
333 E. 47th St. (First Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 832-1155

Saturday, April 9
Hops for Hope
Help support disaster relief in Japan with a $5 donation at the door (more if your feeling generous)
Serving $5 pints of Kelso or Brooklyn Brewery, and every penny of the $5 goes to the relief fund.

ALL proceeds will be shared between The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami and The Humane Society: International Disaster Fund.

Beer donated by Kelso and Brooklyn Brewery.
RSVP via facebook
317 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 858.8088
Monday, April 11
New York Loves Japan - East Village Punch Party
A group of liquor brand representatives, artists, writers and musicians have graciously donated their time, effort and a whole lot of booze in the name of helping out Japan.

$20 donation includes unlimited punch refills
Six hand-crafted, Japanese-inspired punches will be on the bartop.
punch sponsors include:
Pernod Absinthe
Belvedere vodka
Sailor Jerry Rum
Corazon Tequila
Leblon Cachaça
Beefeater Gin
The Tippling Bros.

The bar staff will be mixing up and selling Yamazaki Japanese whiskey cocktails all night long.

100% of proceeds donated to The Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund
Tunes by DJ Kimiko Masuda.
RSVP via facebook:
For questions, contact Jenny Adams, jennyadamsfreelance@gmail.com
7pm - 11pm
The Summit Bar
Avenue C (at 9th St.)
New York, NY

Tuesday, April 12
Cathyland & PackratPlanet present..

Rock 4 Japan A benefit concert
Live rock show featuring:
Cheap Trick or Treat's tribute to Live at Budokan
Acey Slade & the Dark Party
The Orion Experience
High Teen Boogie
The Youngthings
& more

Rock out all night with Guest DJs Dario Speedwagon, Michael T & Amber Martin
Raffle prizes include:
* an Ibanez electric guitar, a 5-piece set of Sound Percussion drums, Cheap Trick Budokan DVD/CD sets and Rick Nielsen-designed Ipod and Ipad cases

RSVP via facebook
$10 suggested donation
All proceeds go toward Japan earthquake/tsunami relief efforts
doors 6pm. Show 8pm - midnight
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave. (between N 11th & N 12th St.)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 963-3369
Tuesday, April 12
Fundraiser for Tsunami victims.
Hosted by National Geographic
Complimentary beverage, bar snacks,
Raffles for lots of great prizes.
All donations are greatly appreciated.
National Geographic will generously match funds raised.
The Banshee Pub
1373 First Ave.
(between 73rd & 74th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 717-8177
Friday, April 15, 2011
Bklyn ♥ Japan (Part II)
Comedy from:
Wyatt Cenac (Daily Show with Jon Stewart)
Kristen Schaal (Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Letterman, Conan, Flight of the Conchords)
Kurt Braunohler (IFC, Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!)
Tim Harrington ("Beardo"/Les Savy Fav)
Arden Myrin (MAD TV/Chelsea Lately)
and more

Music by:
Mike Doughty (formerly of Soul Coughing)
Hard Nips (from Japan)
The Suzan (from Japan)
and more

All night dance party with:
DJ Aaron Lacrate and a special celebrity DJ (t.b.a.)
7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show
$15 adv / $20 doors
The Bell House
149 7th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
718 643-6510

Tuesday, April 26
Comedy Magic & Variety Show Benefit
featuring Richie Magic
all proceeds to be donated to American Red Cross for Japanese earthquake relief
minimum donation: $10
6:30, 8:30 & 10:30pm shows
Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St. (Attorney St.)
New York, NY
(212) 673-6270

[Note: These events have already taken place. For upcoming Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Benefits, see: More Benefits for Japan in NYC]

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor 1932 - 2011

Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away today.

Elizabeth Taylor in "Suddenly, Last Summer"

Her films included: National Velvet, Father of the Bride, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra & Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, winning twice (Butterfield 8 & Who's Afraid...)
After her acting heyday, she became active in AIDS charities, helping to start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and her own AIDS foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.

Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8

You can toast her memory in NYC at a place named for the titular telephone exchange for one of her famous films, BUtterfield 8. (BU8 = 288, an upper east side exchange). In memory of Elizabeth Taylor, Butterfield 8 will be serving $8 Cosmos all night tonight.
Butterfield 8
5 E. 38th St.
(bet. 5th & Madison Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 679-0646

Elizabeth Taylor (wikipedia)
Elizabeth Taylor obituary (NY Times)

Here is a video tribute to Elizabeth Taylor we found on youtube: (hat tip to tributemaker)

and here's another one by Luvinthe60s:

New Bar Opening: Tap Room 307

Tap Room No. 307, the recently opened bar, celebrates its official grand opening tonight...

Wednesday, March 23
Official Opening Party

Tap Room is an American bistro with a craft beer list that boasts 42 beers on tap.

Tap Room
307 Third Ave. (between 23rd & 24th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 725-4766

Tap Room No. 307 is a collaboration of nightlife veterans: The folks behind Bierhaus NYC, Mad Dog & Beans Black Bear Lodge, Whiskey River have team up with the folks from Beckett's, The Dubliner, Stone Street Tavern, Waterstone Grill, Burger Burger and Pizza Pizza.