Friday, August 12, 2011

Banjo Jim's Farewell Shows

East Village live music venue Banjo Jim's is closing. After a 2 week reprieve, Monday August 15th is now scheduled to be the last night. The bar, named for the late Banjo Jim Croce, opened in 2005 in the space formerly known as Bar Code, 9C, Redbar & Clubhouse. Proprietor Lisa Zwier-Croce named the space in tribute to her husband, and the venue became known as a home to bluegrass music in NYC.

Here is is the line-up of a few more special farewell shows:

Friday, August 12
Philip Lynch 9pm
The Hippy Nuts 10pm

Saturday, August 13
Open mic hosted by Wayne Kral - 2:30pm
John Powers & the Open Mic Players
featuring Paul Thornton - 7pm
The Mac McCarty Revue featuring:
The Mac McCarty 9pm
LJ Murphy 10pm
Evan Fricks 11pm

Sunday, August 14
Kelley Swindall - 7pm
Blues on Sunday featuring:
Scott Stein - 8pm
Lizzie and the Makers - 9pm

Monday, August 15
Kelli King

During the final days, musicians have been showing up for impromptu sessions. If you are a musicians and would like to come down and play, they have a very loose schedule and would appreciate your talent and energy. You can call the bar any night to see what's already going on. The number is 212-777-0869.

The great East Village blog EV Grieve reports that in its place, a new artisanal cocktail bar will be opened by Robert Ceraso, formerly of The Blue Seats.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Saw Doctors 20th Anniversary US Tour

The Saw Doctors left Ireland today to kick off a U.S. mini-tour, with 4 dates starting on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Unfortunately for New Yorkers, there are no NYC dates, but here are the shows in the region:

Thursday, August 11
Cape Cod Melody Tent
Hyannis, MA

Friday, August 12
Cape Cod Melody Tent
Hyannis, MA

Saturday, August 13
The Stone Pony
Asbury Park, NJ

Sunday, August 14
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
(f.k.a. Westbury Music Fair)
Westbury, Long Island, NY

Tickets to all shows available at:

Ticket Giveaway:
Our friend Anita at Daly Communication is offering MurphGuide readers a chance to win complimentary tickets. We will be giving away two pairs of tickets.
Enter to win at
Drawing will be held 9pm Thursday evening, August 11.

See their video "Indian Summer" below:

[See also: MurphGuide's interview with Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors, from Feb. 2011.]

Friday, August 05, 2011

Yankees at Red Sox Game Watch in NYC: Aug. 5-7

The Yankees and Red Sox square off once again for a 3-game series this weekend. Both teams appear destined for the playoffs, so this series will be more for bragging rights, as the teams are tied for first in the A.L. East. But it is always exciting when these two teams meet.

Friday, August 5: 7:10pm
Saturday, August 6: 4:10pm
Sunday, August 7: 8:05pm

Tonight, our friend Lou (aka DLJ) hosts a Rock n Jock Jam

Friday, August 5
DLJ's Rock n Jock Jam at Croton Reservoir Tavern

NY Yankees vs Boston Red Sox game on all TVs including 52" projection screen @ 7pm
DJ Lou (aka DLJ) spinning the 80s & 90s songs that shook the rafters of every arena
Feel free to sing along and party to all your favorite Jock Rock & Jam songs
Sports Attire (jerseys, hats, etc) encouraged, but not mandatory
Sports Trivia w/ Prizes & Giveaways
Drink Specials at the Brick Bar til 9pm
$4 Select Beer Bottles
$6 Martinis, Margaritas, Well Drinks & Wine
Food specials & Full dinner menu available
free admission
6 pm-11pm

Croton Reservoir Tavern

108 W. 40th St.
(bet. Broadway & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
212 997-6835

For more viewing locations, check out the MurphGuide Directory of NYC Sports Bars: