This Week’s Must-See NYC Shows

Deep Dark Woods

Let’s get real, here – we’re in Newport Folk Fest withdrawal, okay? You know when you have a dream that’s so real, you wake up and believe you’re actually living it, until you realize that what you thought was you sitting on a blanket listening to an intro riff by New Multitudes during an encore NFF set is actually a blaring iPhone alarm clock that you’d rather throw out the window than look at and face reality? You know … that dream? Yeah, that’s the one from last night. We’re still in a Newport state of mind (CHECK OUT SOME KILLER NFF 2012 PHOTOS to see what we mean). But the transition back to reality will be more seemless for us New Yorkers than for many others this week, since a hefty handful of artists who wowed us on-stage this past weekend will be scattered throughout the Big Apple for shows.

To start off the post-Newport love fest, one of our favorite acts from the weekend, The Deep Dark Woods, will play an intimate set at Mercury Lounge tonight. Wednesday brings more Dawes, who play in Hoboken (yes, people – Jersey; there are worse things) with Mumford & Sons. Thursday’s a big, huge, awesome day of show double-duty required — Sara Watkins at The Living Room will be something to see and a perfect setting for her stylings. Later that night, brown bird heads to 92Y in Tribeca. Another alum Jonny Corndawg plays Union Pool on Friday — an interesting venue choice, and a small space with a unique atmosphere. The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band makes their way to Brooklyn on Saturday, playing at Brooklyn Bowl.

One of the few non-Newport-lineup shows this week is Monday’s at SummerStage featuring The Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Milk Carton Kids. Extremely pumped for this sold-out show. If you don’t have tickets already, do some internet scouring.

Tuesday, July 31
Ollabelle — 5:30 p.m. at City Winery (Every Tuesday through 8/26 — Free Admission)
The Deep Dark Woods — 7 p.m. at Mercury Lounge

Wednesday, August 1
Mumford & Sons / Dawes — Pier A Park
Cold Specks — 8:30 p.m. at Glasslands

Thursday, August 2
Sara Watkins — 6 p.m. at The Living Room
Brown Bird / Sean Rowe — 9 p.m. at 92YTribeca

Friday, August 3
Jonny Corndawg — 9 p.m. at Union Pool
Lily and The Parlour Tricks — 11 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall

Saturday, August 4
Darlingside / Plume Giant — 7:15 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall
Preservation Hall Jazz Band — 8 p.m. at Brooklyn Bowl
Del McCoury/Cahalen Morrison & Eli West/Spirit Family Reunion – 6:30 p.m. in Prospect Park

Sunday, August 5
Annie and the Beekeepers — 10 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall

Monday, August 6
Old Crow Medicine Show / The Lumineers / The Milk Carton Kids — 7 p.m. at Central Park SummerStage