This Weekend’s Must-See Shows in NYC

Woody Guthrie gets a 100th birthday thrown in his honor at Brooklyn College this Saturday, September 22.

September really is a great month, ain’t it? We get to celebrate whiskey (bourbon, to be precise), welcome the fall, and blow out 100 candles on Woody Guthrie’s birthday cake.

Speaking of which — don’t miss the 100th b-Day extravaganza happening on Saturday at Brooklyn College in honor of Guthrie’s centennial. Lots of faces to be seen and strings to be played. Also, I think it may be safe to expect some additional surprise musical guests. Just sayin’.

Plus – Frontier Ruckus, Anais Mitchell, Tift Merritt, Zach Williams and The Bellow, Chris Thile and Michael Daves, Aoife O’Donovan, Noam Pikelny and a bunch more will be around the boroughs spreading ‘grassy cheer. Dancin’ shoes, let’s do this.

Thursday, September 20
Dr. Dog / Delta Spirit / Kishi Bashi — 6 p.m. at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield
Bon Iver / Anais Mitchell — 7 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall

Friday, September 21
The Lone Bellow (formerly Zach Williams and The Bellow) w/ Brian Elmquist — 6:30 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall
Bon Iver / Doug Paisley — 7 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall
Frontier Ruckus / Chamberlin — 8 p.m. at Littlefield

Saturday, September 22
Tift Merritt and Chris Mills (Album Release) — 8 p.m. at City Winery
Will Johnson (of Centro-Matic), Anders Parker, Steve Bartolomei — 9 p.m. at Mercury Lounge
Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration (With Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, John Cohen and the Dust Busters, Mike + Ruthy, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason) — Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

Sunday, September 23
Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash (With Chris Thile and Michael Daves, Aoife O’Donovan, Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge, Andy Statman Trio, Tony Trischka and Territory, emcee Peter Saarsgard, & More) — 3 p.m. / Doors at 2 p.m.

Monday, September 24
The Avett Brothers — 6:30 p.m. at Central Park Rumsey Playfield