Western swing is the thing at Jalopy this month

The Brooklyn Paper

Smokey Hormel’s Western Swing comes to Jalopy, with Frank Schaap opening June 20 at 9 p.m. ($10 cover charge).

Hormel, known for his work with Beck, Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger and Tom Waits, celebrates his love for western swing by playing with some of New York’s favorite musicians. Band members are Charlie Burnham on fiddle, Bob Hoffnar, steel guitar; Tim Luntzel, bass and Konrad Meissner on drums.

Schaap toured the USA for 15 years as a founding member of the Metropolitan Blues All-Stars. His sound fuses ragtime, blues, traditional jazz, and hillbilly into an energetic blend.

Celebrate the summer solstice on June 21 at 9 p.m. ($8 cover charge) with The Peculiar Gentleman and the girls’ of Sugar Shack Burlesque.

The Peculiar Gentlemen includes E-Beats and “Sweet” Wily Jive, who combine innovative blends of classical and jazz music with hip hop, drum and bass. E-Beats is architect, sound sculptor, and beat builder “Sweet” Willy Jive, armed solely with an acoustic guitar and a voice.

Sugar Shack Burlesque is the candied cherry atop NYC’s Neo-Burlesque scene. Imagine what co-producers RunAround Sue and Legs Malone will create to mark the start of summer at this show.

June 26 at 9 p.m., Eamonn Dowd, a Dublin based songwriter, plays country rockabilly music. While influences like Johnny Cash and Steve Earle come to mind, a lyrical darkness permeates the roots infused rock ‘n’ roll with Dowd’s haggard vocal delivering his uniquely twisted tales. Dowd and his band The Racketeers recently released their fourth album, “Silver and Dust.” Partyface is also on the double bill, a duo influenced by the sweet, dark underbelly; it is comprised of Indigo Street and Shahzad Ismaily. Note there is an $8 cover for this double bill.

Later in the month, June 27 at 9 p.m., as Ben Armiger and Samuel Miles Guthridge bring old time and bluegrass music played on guitar and banjo under the band name Chester River Runoff.

Closing out the month, June 28 at 9 p.m., there is Uni & her Ukelele, Tippy Canoe, Craig Chesler and Bliss Blood doing it round robin style.

Originally a singer/songwriter, Uni met the bawdy Uke and she swallowed her pride and joined up for the raucous phenom that became known as Uni & her Ukelele. Songbird and uke-slinger Tippy Canoe, aka Michele Kappel, is on a mission to bring sincere uplift in a severely down-slanted era.

Her voice is a mixture of the ’60s girl group sound and classic country with its own quirky nature shining through. Singer/songwriter Craig Chesler leaves the guitar behind for a night of ukulele love.

Bliss Blood, a major presence on the New York music scene for years, will perform solo tonight. She can often be scene leading one of her bands, The Moonlighters, a Hawaiian swing jazz band; Delta Dreambox, a blues trio or the eight-piece band Cantonement.

There is a $10 cover charge for this night of Ukelele jazz and more.

All shows are at the club/performance space Jalopy, 315 Columbia Street between Hamilton and Woodhull avenues in the Red Hook section. For more, call 718-395-3214 or visit www.jalopy.biz.


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