Category Archives: Seatfillers

Seatfilling Opps: Anderson Cooper in NYC and Comedy Central Mashup w/ Kumail and Hannibal Buress in LA

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SHOW #1 – THU, APRIL 22, 2010
SHOW #2 – THU, APRIL 29, 2010
SHOW #3 – THU, MAY 6, 2010

Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle (59th Street & Columbus Circle)
New York, NY
Age: 18+

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with T.J. Miller, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress and Kumail Nanjiani
THU, APRIL 29, 2010

The Hollywood Musicbox
6216 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028
Age: 21+, 1 Drink minimum

John Oliver Friends This Weekend (Free Comedy Taping)

John Oliver and Friends

I was going to post about this when I first saw it, but then I forgot, and was only reminded about it last night. Unfortunately, tickets the first two tapings of the new Comedy Central series “John Oliver & Friends” are sold out, but there are still some left for Sunday night. (Note to the uninitiated, if you really want to see these shows, I’d just show up.) Check out the lineup below, details on how to get tickets after the jump:

Friday, Oct. 23 – 6:45 PM – NO TIX LEFT
Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer

Saturday, Oct. 24 – 7:45 PM – NO TIX LEFT
Paul F. Thompkins, Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford, Greg Fitzsimmons, Chris Hardwick, Nick Kroll

Sunday, Oct. 25 – 5:45 PM
Brian Posehn, Kristen Schaal, Matt Braunger, Chris Hardwick, Hari Kondabolu, Mary Lynn Rajskub

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Get FREE Tickets to the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts

Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

You won’t be able to actually see the show, but you can go for free. Request your FREE tickets to the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts here.

OBSTRUCTED SEATS: We have 750 seats BEHIND the stage that are partially or completely obstructed for most of the performances. Here are some important notes regarding our seats:

You will hear all of the performances perfectly as we have provided extra sound to our sections.

We have multiple video screens in our sections so you can see every performance as it is happening regardless of the view.

The obstructions will cover part or most of the stage from your vantage point. However, you will be able to see the rest of madison Square Garden through a large opening in the stage backdrop. YOU WILL DEFINITELY FEEL THE ENERGY IN THE ROOM.

For the closing acts (U2 and Bruce), you will be able to see most of the performance because we will remove one of the main visual obstructions.

Concessions will be available (cash bar) during the entire show.

Our seats are obstructed but they are FREE and tickets for this event start at $2500/each.





U2 (closing act)

Spectacle Season 2 Tapings Begin, Spectacle Season 1 Coming on DVD, and More Elvis Live Reissues

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… – Season 1 on Blu-Ray and DVD
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...

Intrepid readers may recall that Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… has been renewed for another season, and it just so happens that the Season 2 tapings start next week at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. Check out the information below for the first list of announced guests and details on how to get tickets.

September 21, 2009 (Monday) @ 7:00 PM
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…
Apollo Theatre (New York, NY)
Neko Case
Jesse Winchester
Sheryl Crow
Ron Sexsmith

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September 23, 2009 (Wednesday) @ 7:00 PM
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…
Apollo Theatre (New York, NY)
Ray Lamontagne
Lyle Lovett
John Prine

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September 24, 2009 (Thursday) @ 7:00 PM
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…
Apollo Theatre (New York, NY)
Levon Helm
Allen Toussaint
Nick Lowe
Richard Thompson

and special appearances by Ray LaMontagne and Larry Campbell + The Imposters
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As I also mentioned back in April, a DVD release of Spectacle was being planned and the release date for Season 1 is now set for November 3 (it will also be available on Blu-Ray disc). Each episode has been extended for the DVD release and the 4 disc box set (or is it 5 disc?) contains over 90 minutes of special features.

Live at the El MocamboLast but certainly not least, Elvis’ iconic 1978 performance at the El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario kicks off a new series of live albums from Elvis Costello. The El Mocambo record was originally only available as a vinyl radio promo and was (and still is) extremely valuable as a collector’s item. Though bootlegs have circulated for many years, the Live at The El Mocambo performance was officially released on CD as part of the 2 1/2 Years Box Set in 1993. This disc marks the first in a series of “Costello Show” live recordings which will be comprised of “classic Costello concerts including a performance at Hollywood High in California and other shows to be announced”. It’s interesting to note that Costello has never released “a proper live album” unless you count the aforementioned El Mocambo promo record, the limited edition Costello & Nieve EP box set, the jazz inspired My Flame Burns Blue, the Deep Dead Blue EP (w/ Bill Frisell) or the various live bonus tracks that have shown up on the re-releases over the years. Live at the El Mocambo comes out on September 29 and it’s a must record to own if you don’t have it already, but as an old school fan, I’m much more interested in those “classic Costello concerts” that haven’t otherwise seen the light of day.

Check out the full press releases for the Season 1 box set of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… and The Costello Show concert series after the jump.

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Late Night Band Bench Update (Dead Weather, Jonas Brothers, Aimee Mann)

Day 93
Photo: Dustin Diaz

Enter here to win a chance to sit on the band bench on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

We’re currently accepting entries for the chance to see the following musical guests:

* Wednesday, July 15: Aimee Mann – Code: AIM
* Thursday, July 16: Jonas Brothers – Code: JOB
* Friday, July 17: The Dead Weather – Code: TDW
* Thursday, July 23: Twisted Sister – Code: TWS

Interested in sitting on the Band Bench but have no preference for what band you see? Use code ANY

Jimmy Fallon Band Bench Update (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sara Watkins, Tinted Windows)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs on SNL (04/11/09)

Sign up here for the chance to watch your favorite band live on the Jimmy Fallon show. Check out the upcoming band schedule below:

We’re currently accepting entries for the chance to see the following musical guests:

Monday April 13th: Sarah Watkins – Code:SAW
Tuesday April 14th: Akon – Code:AKO
Wednesday April 15th: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Code:YYY
Friday April 17th: Plain White T’s – Code: PWT
Tuesday April 21st: Chester French – Code: CHF
Thursday April 23rd: Tinted Windows – Code: TWI

The Hold Steady Played Fuel TV, Playing Irving Plaza Monday Night

The Hold Steady on Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit”
The Hold Steady on Fuel TV
Photos: Tim Griffin

On March 26, The Hold Steady played an intimate gig before a live studio audience for a taping of Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit”. For those of you unfamiliar with Fuel TV or the “Daily Habit“, I can tell you that Fuel TV is the world’s (?) “only 24/7 action sports lifestyle network” and the “Daily Habit” is a half-hour daily talk show which features “action sports celebrities, musicians, comedy, and cutting-edge new products”. In NYC, Fuel TV broadcasts on Time Warner Cable channel 456.

After doing some schmoozing, designing my own custom silk screened t-shirt, and imbibing more than a few Veev cocktails, I was sated and slightly lubricated by the time the Hold Steady took the stage for their “extended” set at the Bathhouse studios on Thursday night. Tim was there to get the photos, and my cohort and Hold Steady superfan Anders was there to review the set. Despite his grousing, Anders actually enjoyed the show, here’s what he had to say about it:

The band performed admirably well, considering the industry party atmosphere, questionable mixing, and sound being way too loud for the speakers. Audience members unfamiliar with the songs probably had a hard time catching more than a fraction of the Craig Finn‘s clever lyrics, and the volume served to muddy Tad Kubler‘s exceptional guitar. The sound did improve a fair bit toward the back of the room; the bathroom line was probably the best place to listen from, though with a floor-level stage, the band was entirely hidden at 20 feet away. One can only hope the mixing board is clean; otherwise, it’s hard to see how they will get this performance to air. Sure, this all sounds like some serious whining, but the fact remains: The Hold Steady could play in a padded box, to a confused nursing home audience, and they’d still rock. Plus, it’s kind of cool to be able to see the show that’s ten feet away from you from multiple angles (complete with swooping snl-musical-guest style camera!) on monitors around the room.

Set List
1. Constructive Summer
2. Stay Positive
3. Sequestered in Memphis
4. Cattle and the Creeping Things
5. The Swish
6. Magazines
7. Your Little Hoodrat Friend
8. Stuck Between Stations
9. Slapped Actress

For my money, i thought it was too in there loud too, but as far as I’m concerned, free food, free drinks and The Hold Steady = Good Times. This episode of the “The Daily Habit” is part of a special New York theme week that will air in early April on Fuel TV. Other musical guests for New York week included Busta Rhymes and Amazing Baby.

The Hold Steady next play NYC on Monday, March 30 at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza (a smaller venue than normal for them). More pictures from the “Daily Habit” taping after the jump.

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