November 11

BCF Select Shows – Week of 11.11.19

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 @ 10:15pm – Frank Bell @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2. Singer/Songwriter Bell shares an intimate evening of stories and songs with special guests on the Lower East Side. (Tickets) — Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 @ […]

November 04

BCF Select Shows – Week of 11.4.19

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 @ 6pm – Pete Mancini @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 1. Americana Songwriter Mancini has an album’s worth of new tunes to perform at Rockwood. Also on the bill are Mark Oblinger, Emily Rose, Gabby Ess, […]

October 28

BCF Select Shows – Week of 10.28.19

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 @ 8pm – Big City Folk Song Club @ Stella & Fly. Song Club is on a MONDAY this week at Stella & Fly on the Upper East Side. This week’s feature is the excellent Singer/Songwriter Chris […]

October 27

The Localist: What it Means to be a Singer-Songwriter

I was talking with a friend about songwriting credits the other day, probably an outgrowth of the Lizzo trademark controversy, and have been thinking about the term “singer-songwriter” – a phrase that I use for myself, and one which many people in the Big City Folk community use for themselves as well.  It’s funny because […]

October 22

BCF Select Shows – Week of 10.21.19

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 @ 8pm – Ransom Pier @ Berlin Under A. Ransom Pier release their new single in Alphabet City. Also on the bill are Tanbark and Swimming Bell. (Event) — Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 @ 8pm – Big […]

October 19

The Localist: Marketing Music to Perfect Strangers, Part 2

In the last Localist article (link), I suggested asking friends how it was that they got into listening to a new artist. As a result of this, a few Big City Folk musicians went out and asked their friends how they found out about new music. I provide a broad general ranking based on an […]

October 18

The Localist: Marketing Music to Perfect Strangers

One of the big difficulties with building a music career is learning the difference between marketing to acquaintances and marketing to perfect strangers. Many musicians perform a great number of live shows in their respective hometowns and manage to get a good crowd of friends and acquaintances out to an event, but simultaneously see little […]

October 14

BCF Select Shows – Week of 10.14.19

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 @ 6:30pm – Bert Lee’s Open Mic @ Cowgirl. The legendary Bert Lee hosts his famous open mic in the West Village. This week will have two features: Francis Falls and Neb. Sign up is at 6pm. […]

October 13

The Localist: Monetization and Alienation

As I’ve used it before, the phenomenon of monetization of word of mouth refers to the practice whereby Facebook and other social media downgrade artistic media posts, forcing the artist to pay for advertisement in order get exposure for their work. The name “monetization of word of mouth” refers to the fact that Facebook literally […]

October 07

BCF Select Shows – Week of 10.7.19

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 @ 8pm – John Platt’s On Your Radar @ Rockwood Music Hall – stage 3. WFUV‘s John Platt hosts his monthly residency featuring Our Band, Terry Klein, and Kate Callahan. (Tickets) — Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 @ 8pm […]