Along with a Number of Great Upcoming Shows, Newman Will Rock LA’s “Pig’n Whistle” with Members of the First Band to Play Woodstock
July, 2016 (New York, NY) — As Mark Newman continues to rock New York with some great upcoming gigs from NYC to Long Island, the talented singer/songwriter and guitarist will first be headed West to the bright lights of Hollywood! On Saturday, July 16th at 8PM he’ll play with members of Sweetwater at the Pig’n Whistle– 6714 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA! (More Upcoming Dates Below)
Although Newman has played a ton of exciting solo and full-band showcases in the past few months–notably NYC’s B.B. King’s for the Delbert McClinton Birthday Show, The Space at Westbury opening for the one and only Don Felder, The Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, The Space at Westbury opening for David Bromberg, and NYC’s Legendary Bitter End–he has also worked as sideman to so many soul, blues, and rock greats of our time like John Oates (Hall and Oates), Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds), Willy DeVille, Sam The Sham, and Sam Moore!
A New York native, Newman’s musical prowess has taken him around the world several times over, playing with an eclectic mix of noted musical talents from Sting to Elvis Costello, and Travis Tritt as well as his own solo work. A multi stringsman, Mark has mastered electric/acoustic/lap steel guitar as well as the mandolin and dobro, and with a voice reminiscent of many rock and bluesmen before him- it has the familiarity of an old friend yet the power and soul of many of today’s rock, soul, folk and R&B icons. For over five years, Newman and fellow songwriter Naomi Margolin have run the “Music From the Hive” Singer/Songwriter Series, and for the past two years- “The Original Music Series” for bands, in an attempt to keep original music alive on Long Island. Newman also records and produces local artists in the Long Island/NYC area.
Photo by John Blenn
When asked about his past performances, Newman stated “You’d have to be an idiot not to learn from the guys I’ve had the honor of playing with,” adding “Hey, Sam The Sham didn’t just write ‘Wooly Bully.’ He wrote some of the best blues songs I ever heard, and Sam Moore is almost 80 yet sings like he’s 25. He taught me not to overthink, just open your mouth and let it go. I don’t know if I’ve even come close to doing this but what I do know is what I’ve learned from those three is invaluable.”
His album, “Walls of Jericho,” which was released in 2010, is filled with intricate guitar work and mixed with a plethora of sounds from hard rock to a lighter more Dylanesque folk tinge, but this style comes even more to the forefront on 2015’s “Brussels” out now on Danal Music and available via iTunes and CD Baby. The live acoustic-driven EP packs a bluesy punch reminiscent of Clapton’s “Unplugged” album through both the guitar work and raw vocal power. On the first track “Mean Season (Lucille, Lucille)”, Newman bellows “I waited til’ dawn, see if the sun will shine when you’re gone // You turn away, I just can’t stay where I don’t belong” and like many early bluesmen before him, you can hear the soulful longing and strife in his voice. With the brilliant slide-guitar work in “Dead Man’s Shoes” we’re easily transported in our minds to the West in the era of outlaws and cowboy boots, and in “Must Be A Pony” reminded about the power of a child’s enthusiasm and the efforts not to lose it as time goes by.
In an age of technology where the power of easy editing techniques are available at the touch of a button, it can be reassuring to know that a musician can still pack a punch with raw talent as a songwriter and overall accomplished performer. Mark Newman’s live EP “Brussels” along with his carefully crafted live shows do just that.
Sat. July 16, 8:00 PM @ Pig’n Whistle
6714 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Thurs. July 21st, 10:00PM @ Bar Louie
2115 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
Fri. July 22nd, 8:00PM @ 8X10
10 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Wed. July 27, 9:00PM @ KJ Farrells
242 Pettit Ave, Bellmore, NY 11710
Mon. August 8, 9:00PM @ The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Sun. August 14th, 4:00PM @ 2016 WUSB Benefest
Katie’s of Smithtown- 145 W Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787
Fri. August 26, 8:00 PM @ Still Partners
225 Sea Cliff Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579
You won’t want to miss this incredible performer and guitarist-at-large as he heads to the West Coast to play with Woodstock royalty and returns to rock Long Island and NYC!
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