Next up, my band’s playing at Arlene’s Grocery on Saturday, April 9th at 10pm. We’re opening for my talented friend Christian Linsey’s record release show. Also on the bill are Christian’s talented friends Lost Kingdoms. It’s going to be a great night and I’d love to see you there. Here’s a flyer for the show made by artist, Sydell Glasser.
Next Friday, February 26th, my band is sharing a bill with talented friends the Tall Pines and Benjamin Cartel at one of my favorite local venues, Red Hook Bait & Tackle. The music starts around 8:30. It’s a free show and it’s bound to be a fun night. I’d love to see you there.
Here’s a picture from our show at the Rock Shop a few weeks back, taken by Phil Caracci.
If you haven’t heard of it, Sleep No More is Punchdrunk Theater Company’s site specific, immersive, super cool adaptation of Macbeth. It’s been running at the “McKittrick Hotel” since 2011. The Manderley Bar is a beautiful, art-deco venue with a speakeasy vibe, within the McKittrick Hotel. My band (Jason Loughlin: guitar, John Kengla:bass, Jamie Alegre:drums & special guest vocalist: Benjamin Cartel) and I are playing there on February 18th. I highly recommend you see Sleep No More on February 18th and then stick around for our set at the Manderley Bar. Our show is free, starts around 10pm and is open to the public. You don’t have to see Sleep No More to get into our show but I recommend it!
Here’s a picture, taken by Herb Scher, of John Kengla and me from last week’s Bushwick Book Club, where everyone wrote songs inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos.
Click here to hear my song (it’s track #11).
I’ve put together a fun night of music with my friends at the Rock Shop on Thursday, January 14th. I’ll be playing with an extended version of my band: Jason Loughlin on guitar, Andrea Longato on guitar, John Kengla on bass, Jaime Alegre on drums, me on harmonium, xylophone and singing, and special guest singer, Benjamin Cartel, on a song or two. We’re sharing the bill with Casey Holford, Freddie Stevenson and Sweet Soubrette!
I had originally booked the show at the Living Room which sadly just announced it’s closing at the end of December. I’ve always loved playing there – a great venue and great people.
Luckily, the Rock Shop saved the day and is able to take our entire line up on the same night. I would love to see you there on January 14th. Music starts at 7:30 sharp! Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Here’s the link to buy tickets in advance.
PS Here’s a picture I took at the Tate Modern at the end of October.
Tuesday, November 10th, my band (Jason Loughlin- guitar, John Kengla- bass and Mason Ingram – drums) is playing at HiFi in the East Village and sharing the bill with my talented friend, Benjamin Cartel and his awesome band. Show starts around 7:45. It’s free! Ben and I have prepared a top secret song to perform together. It’ll be fun.
And then, Monday, the 16th, John Kengla and I will be performing a couple songs at an evening called Murder Ballad Mondays at the Branded Saloon. This night is organized by my friends from Bushwick Book Club, Elia Bisker and Jeff Morris (aka Charming Disaster). Lots of great people will be performing murder ballads both original and covers. I’m dusting off my harmonium for this show. After all, why not?!
Hope to see you Tuesday at HiFi!
PS Here’s a great photo from the recent tour with Freddie Stevenson, taken in Milan by Rodolfo Sassano.
Joe Chester, Freddie Stevenson and me.
I just got back from an epic tour of Europe with Freddie Stevenson and Joe Chester. We were playing Freddie’s songs from his beautiful, new album, The Darkening/The Brightening,which was co-produced by Mike Scott, and supporting the (amazing!!!!!) Waterboys all over Europe. We drove from London to Spain, to Italy, Switzerland to Germany, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden to Norway and then back to the UK. It was a pleasure to sing and play harmonium on Freddie’s songs. I love his songwriting and this album in particular is a gem ( buy it here!). It was also a huge perk to get to listen to the Waterboys every night, who are an incredible force to be reckoned with (buy albums etc here!)
A major highlight for me was getting to play the harmonium with the Waterboys on our last night in Oslo on Fisherman’s Blues ( see picture below, taken by HRoiseth -thank you!).
I have seen and heard many new things. I am a changed and grateful woman.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from this trip. There are so many to choose from, I’m trying to restrain myself. If you’re interested in seeing more, you can follow me on Instagram at @jessiekilguss
Joe, Freddie and me in Madrid.
Freddie and Joe in Madrid.
Freddie and me, taken by my friend Ulla Andesong at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden.
Somewhere in Norway…
This September and October, I’m on tour with my friend Freddie Stevenson. I’m playing the harmonium and singing harmony with him on songs from his great, new album The Darkening/The Brightening. We’ll be opening for the Waterboys (who are amazing!!!) in Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden. If you live in one of those places, come to a show! You can find a full list of the shows on the Waterboys’ website here.
I’ll be back in New York and will plan some shows with my band for November and December.
PS Here’s another picture from a fun photoshoot with Shervin Lainez earlier this year.
This Friday, I’m singing one new song with John Kengla on guitar at the Bushwick Book Club show on the Frying Pan. This month, everyone’s writing songs inspired by Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes. It’s a free show on a boat. Come have a cocktail and listen to some songs about books!
And then, Tuesday the 11th, my band’s participating in a Pretenders tribute at HiFi. This is the third installment of a great night organized by Adam Rubenstein called “Under Your Influence” at HiFi. Last month’s Kinks tribute was a lot of fun with many special guests. I’m sure this will be a great night of music. It’s free. It starts at 8 and I’d love to see you there.
Londoners! I will be playing on an eARmusic bill at The Finsbury on Sunday, July 26th at 8:30 with the UK version of my band: John Landau on guitar, Francis Booth on bass and Andy Grieve on drums. It’s a free show, with a bunch of other great bands and I’d love to see you there.
New Yorkers! I’ll be playing at the American Folk Art Museum on Friday, July 31st at 6:00pm. Also on this bill are Pete Lanctot and Marc Smith. If you’ve never been, the Folk Art Museum has a really interesting collection and it’s worth getting there early to check it out before the show. There’s a cash wine bar and the show is free. Here’s a little porcupine from the Folk Art Museum’s collection (according to the internet).
July is going to be a busy month!
Thursday, July 16th, my band is sharing a bill with the fantastic Karla Moheno at Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn. This is going to be a really fun show and it’s free. Come by!
Also, I’m excited to be singing one song at a Kinks tribute at HiFi on Tuesday, July 14th at 8pm. Lots of great people are performing at this including Benjamin Cartel and Matt Keating. It should be a lot of fun.
And then I will be in England and will be playing on an eARMUSIC bill at the Finsbury on July 26th. I’ll be singing with the UK version of my band: John Landau on guitar, Francis Booth on bass and Andy Grieve on drums. The show at the Finsbury is free and we’re sharing the bill with a couple of great bands. Come join us!
And then, I’ll be back in NYC, playing at the American Folk Art Museum with my band on the 31st of July. Also playing on this bill are Pete Lanctot and Marc Smith. It’s a free show and there’s a cash wine bar. Come early to check out the museum before the show!