Monday, January 12, 2009

This Week @ Jalopy (week of 1/12/09) + Classes

Jalopy website

January 12th @ 9pm $5
Tony Scherr
One of NYC’s most in-demand guitar and bass players, starts a weekly gig at Jalopy! For all of January, Tony will play a solo gig, and plans to invite some of his favorite musicians to join him on stage in February. A great start to your week!


Every Wednesday!!!
January 14th @ 9pm $FREE$


A night of old time blues and folk. Hosted by Feral Foster


Thursday, January 15th @ 9pm $8
The Jen Milich Band
The Haywood Brothers


Friday, January 16th @ 9pm $10
Luke Winslow-King Trio
Baby Soda Jazz Band


Saturday, January 17th @ 9pm $10
Ether Frolic:
Peter Stampfel and Friends
Ken Waldman
Eli Smith

Also, don't forget that Jalopy offers music classes and workshops. Here is their info from a recent email blast:

Music Classes begin January 26th

They are offering for the first time, Kids Guitar I classes on Mondays.

Please call, email or stop by to sign up for any of the classes and workshops listed below.

At Jalopy, we hope to make learning an instrument both approachable and fun. With a light-hearted, song-based learning style, students begin learning songs immediately. Our classes are taught in a group setting. This gives the students a relaxed atmosphere in which to learn, while making classes much more affordable. Our classes run for 8 weeks, $225 for the series. Don’t have an instrument? Rent one from us, just $25/month. (Otherwise, $250 on 1st day of class.)

Classes offered:

Monday Jan. 26 – March 16
*NEW* Kids Guitar I: 5pm Taught by Hubby Jenkins
Mandolin I: 7pm Taught by Jordan Shapiro

Tuesday Jan. 27 – March 17
Fiddle I: 7pm Taught by Laura Feddersen
Fiddle II: 8pm Taught by Laura Feddersen

Wednesday Jan. 28 – March. 18
Banjo I: 7pm Taught by Eli Smith
Banjo II: 8pm Taught by Eli Smith

Thursday Jan. 29 – March. 19
Ukulele I: 7pm Taught by Doug Skinner
Ukulele II: 8pm Taught by Doug Skinner

Saturday Jan. 31 – March. 21
Guitar I: 1pm Taught by Geoffrey R. Wiley
Guitar II: 2pm Taught by Geoffrey R. Wiley
Fingerstyle Blues Guitar I: 4pm Taught by Ernie Vega

The Teachers:

Geoff Wiley is the co-owner of Jalopy and also one of its teachers. He grew up in the Seattle are, first in the music of his mother and the Baptist church, only to come to his county-blues forum of today. He has played in several bands, from punk to bluegrass – if you squint you may see him in the fiddle classes, learning a new instrument.

Jordan Shapiro, a Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and educator, has been performing with his own original newgrass band Astrograss since 2003. His songs are based in progressive bluegrass and modern acoustic music. He has also been seen all over the country performing the music of Frank Zappa on his mandolin, as a member of Project/Object, a Zappa tribute band. In Brooklyn, he performs regularly with Astrograss, AudraRox, the Darrin James Band and the South Slope String Band,

Doug Skinner has played the ukulele for decades, everywhere from Lincoln Center to “The Joe Franklin Show,” from Joe’s Pub to an MTV jingle. He’s written numerous scores for dance and theater, most notably for “The Regard of Flight” and other productions by actor/clown Bill Irwin.

Laura Feddersen grew up in a musical family in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was immersed in traditional fiddling from a young age. As a youngster she was trained in the classical style, but as a teenager she left the concert hall for the pubs to play Irish traditional music. Since then she's gotten back to her roots playing American old time, as well as exploring the music of Scandanavia and Canada. She currently plays with her friends in the Red State String Band and at sessions around the city.

Eli Smith is an old-time banjo player originally from Greenwhich Village. He says, "I play old-time banjo because its the first music that I heard as a kid that really spoke to me." Eli plays several old-time styles, including clawhammer/frailing, up-picking, thumb-lead and feels free to mix those styles. "Old-time musicians did whatever they wanted! But they did it within the framework of their 'tradition.'" Eli teaches banjo and guitar lessons full-time, plays gigs and hosts the internet radio show Down Home Radio.

Bob Hoffnar started playing steel guitar in the past which is where many things have already happened. After learning a particular note in his studies with Lamonte Young he proceeded to learn many of the other notes eventually organizing them into different patterns suitable to cowboy music. Bob plans on playing his steel guitar in the future which is where he will be spending the rest of his life when he gets around to it. Visit Bob's website

Ernie Vega is a New York City singer/songwriter/guitarist who specializes in Rock and American roots music. He is a former student of Dave Van Ronk and when he isn’t gigging in Manhattan or Brooklyn, he can be found at the Jalopy Theatre fixing up guitars.


Sunday, January 18th@ 2-5pm $30

Vocal Harmony Workshop

Emily Eagen and Don Friedman are versatile teachers, singers and instrumentalists, and focus on traditional American close harmony styles. This three hour workshop will emphasize the mechanics of creating harmonies and arrangements as well as singing in small groups. The repertoire will be taken from the old-time and bluegrass vocal traditions, especially the styles of harmony greats such as the Carters, the Louvins and the Stanleys. They will work closely with students to develop their listening abilities, performance styles and singing techniques. No need to read notation! You will be up and singing right away - the class will be a fun, hands on, demystifying experience in learning to sing close harmony. Please email Steve Schwartzman at with any questions about the mechanics of the workshop. PLEASE CALL 718.395.3214 OR EMAIL TO REGISTER, AS THIS WORKSHOP ALWAYS FILLS UP.

Sunday, January 25th@ 2pm $30

Groove Harmonica Workshop

Taught by Randy Weinstein

Sunday, February 8th @ 2pm $30

Klezmer Fiddle Workshop

Taught by Craig Judelman

Sunday, February 15th @ 2pm $20

Introduction to Music Theory

Taught by Doug Skinner

Sunday, February 22nd @ 2pm $30

Vocal Harmony Workshop

Taught by Emily Eagen & Don Friedman

Sunday, March 1st @ 1pm $15

World Music and The Phonograph:

A Look Down Into the Time Tunnell

Presented by Pat Conte

Sunday, March 8th @ 2pm $30

Irish Fiddling Workshop

Taught by Laura Feddersen

Sunday, March 15th @ 2pm $30

The Gypsies and their 1000 year

Cultural Journey from India to France

First of Three Workshops

Taught by Stephane Wrembel

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