Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers/the Greyhounds/Hank Hall
June 4. Get ready to rumble! This primo rockabilly/country roundup at top trash shack the Basement throws together three roots-tootin’ greats for a whole mess o’ fun. Brooklyn greasers Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers’ track “Coney Island Cowboy” ably encapsulates their brand of shit-kicking honky tonk, and while there’s no local shortage of chain wallet-toting, rockabilly-flavored acts, the Greyhounds are the area’s only true rockabilly band, digging deeper than the usual, tired Social Distortion schtick. Georgia’s Hank Hall clearly owes his hat to Hanks I, III, Snow, and Thompson—no bad thing at all. (Whitestreet and Casanova Frankenstein bring the rap and funk June 16.) 8:30pm. $5, $7. Kingston. (845) 338-0744; www.myspace.com/thebasement744.
Perrotta Record Release Party
June 5. Sarah Perrotta’s 2008 album The Well (Independent) won glowing raves for its rich treasure of ethereal, piano-based gossamer pop. Now leading a trio that bears her name, the ex-Outloud Dreamer vocalist has moved from The Well ’s ghostly Kate Bush/Tori Amos vibe to explore edgier rock sounds on the long-awaited follow-up, Tonight (Independent), which looks to be another stunner. This celebratory performance at the Rosendale Theater promises live video-art projections and an aftershow party across Main Street at Bywater Bistro. 9pm. $8. Rosendale. (845) 658-8989; www.perrottamusic.com.
June 5. The turbulent economy’s devastating impact on schools across the country has certainly been one of the more distressing stories in the news lately. But it’s an unexpected slap of reality that the epidemic has even hit Dover Plains, in largely upscale Dutchess County. Due to budgetary cutbacks, Dover High School’s band, which marched in this year’s New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, is facing an uncertain future. This benefit at the school with pop punk bands the Jukebox Romantics, Big Sister, and Lost in Society aims to help, and adds to the warm feelings with a chili contest boasting a $200 grand prize. 1pm. $10, $15. Dover Plains. (845) 832-4250; Chris.Rand@doverschools.org.
June 18. Besides being a dazzling singer-songwriter a la Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake, Brooklynite Chris Lind is also an accomplished Hawaiian slack-key guitarist who studied with the masters and whose music has been featured on TV’s “Smallville.” The son of a classical flutist, Lind has absorbed and been influenced by everything from Great American Songbook standards to indie rock. For this return to the suave Chill wine bar, however, he’ll be in appropriately intimate cocktail jazz mode. (Classical guitarist Dan Stevens strums June 4; saxophonist Dave Friedman blows in June 19.) 8:30pm. Free. Beacon. (845) 765-0885; www.myspace.com/chillwinebar.
Johnny Winter/James Cotton
June 25. Texas sidewinder Johnny Winter is the long-reigning badass king of blues-rock guitar. His landmark LPs for Columbia during the late ’60s and early ’70s are essential, scorching blasts of stinging slide and hard-boogie grunt. Chicago elder blues statesman and harmonica virtuoso James Cotton, 75, is the legendary Little Walter’s foremost heir; in fact, he replaced the late harp god in Muddy Waters’s band in 1954. Both these paragons on the same bill? The Egg will fry, to say the least. (The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger break on through June 10; Mary Chapin Carpenter chimes in June 24.) 7:30pm. $29.50. Albany. (518) 473-1845; www.theegg.org.
- Perotta performs at the Rosendale Theater on June 5.