Anna Calvi live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on May 26, 2011 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi

At the stroke of 11 pm on May 25, 2011 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, British singer Anna Calvi emerged from a cloud of fog, strapped on her guitar and started rocking.  She started off with a guitar solo that would have made Jimi Hendrix smile.  Vocally, the indie rock singer has a voice that at times is reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux but then would be smooth and mellow like a crooner out of the 1950s.  Her stage presence is sexually charged and she really knows how to keep an audience entertained.  She covered Elvis Presley’s “Surrender” as well as “Jezebel,” a song made famous by Edith Piaf during her 40 minute set.  Her voice is a power house and on the mellow moments, you could hear a pin drop in the Bowery Ballroom because obviously, nobody wanted to miss a note.  You shouldn’t miss a note either.  Anna Calvi rocks!

Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi

Spotted in the crowd:  David Byrne (former lead singer of Talking Heads).  See a spy photo of him, the set list as well as a photo of my encounter with Anna Calvi after the jump.

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She Keeps Bees live at Bowery Ballroom

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She Keeps Bees

She Keeps Bees

Hot band alert!  Brooklyn rock duo She Keeps Bees hopped across the bridge and played at Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan on May 25, 2011.  The band is blues/rock and I loved them!  Lead singer Jessica Larrabee is a powerhouse on vocals.  In between songs, she’d be telling hilarious stories, or making random banter with the crowd (“who here likes to wear bras?”) and in a fraction of a second, she’d whip right into a song where she belted the hell out of the opening notes!  Her voice reminded me a bit of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, and their music has a White Stripes vibe (possibly because the duo is like an inverse of the band).

Jessica Larrabee of She Keeps Bees

I talked to the group after the show and told them both how amazing I thought they were.  Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant were very nice.  Jessica advised that the group has a new album coming out in July, 2011, so be sure you get it!  I hope when the album is released Jessica Larrabee’s awesome stage presence comes across because she was so watchable, I didn’t want the set to end.  You can see pictures of my encounters with these superstars in the making after the jump.

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