Showing posts from September, 2007

L.E.S. is More - Music on NY's Lower East Side

WXPN Most Memorable Musical Moment #6 New York's Lower East Side in the last decade has developed a music scene that is as varied and vital as any in the country. The activity on the sidewalks even late at night is as busy as it is inside the many music venues, bars and restaurants, living up to New York's reputation for being the city that never sleeps. Within a few square blocks there are many rock oriented clubs such as Arlene's Grocery, Pianos, The Mercury Lounge, Cake Shop, and the recently departed Sin-é club. When the weather is nice, it's an easy walk to The Bowery Ballroom, The Canal Room, The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Cafe Vivaldi and the other clubs of Greenwich Village, and Joe's Pub on Lafayette. In the last few years I have spent an inordinate amount of time at two clubs in particular on the Lower East Side that are the heavyweights at presenting up and coming singer-songwriters among a great mix of quality artists and bands of all musical styles,

Remembering the Main Point, 1964 - 1981

WXPN Most Memorable Musical Moment #5 Begining in 1964, The Main Point in Bryn Mawr provided the Philadelphia area with one of its most enjoyable venues for live music. Although it started as a folk based coffeehouse, all styles of music were presented over the years. Financial problems continually plagued the Main Point, and in spite of frequent benefit shows by artists who loved the place as much as the audience, the club finally closed in 1981. The following brief history is contained in an obituary of Jeanette O. Campbell, one of the founders and owners of the Main Point who died on October 22, 2006, written by Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer Sally A. Downey as reprinted on the Save Ardmore Coalition website. Jeanette Orndoff Campbell, 89, former owner of the Main Point, a music hall in Bryn Mawr where young talents including Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor were introduced to local audiences, died of complications from hip surgery Oct. 22 at Stap