This Week: Art Alexakis, Robyn Hitchcock, Mustard Plug


Ska band Mustard Plug celebrates their 20th anniversary at the Knitting Factory on Friday.

There are a few great shows happening around the borough this week, especially as we move closer to the weekend, with a rock frontman playing acoustic, a long-time great playing a classic album, and a ska anniversary.

Art Alexakis will perform at The Bell House on Thursday night. The Everclear frontman also plays solo acoustic sets,  which he will do this week. Chances are you will hear a mix of his own material, some covers, and a few Everclear classics. Simon Scott will also perform. Doors open at 8pm and the show is at 9. Tickets are $20 for the 21-and-over show.

Veteran singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock will also play at The Bell House this week. On Saturday, Hitchcock will perform an early set where he’ll play his 1990 solo album Eye in its entirety. On the same night, The Minus 5 and John Wesley Harding will play another show. Tickets for Robyn Hitchcock are $20, tickets for The Minus 5 and Harding are $15, or you can by a package that will get you into both shows for $30. All the sets are 21 and over. Hitchcock plays at 7pm and The Minus 5 and Harding show starts at 9.

On Friday, ska kingpins Mustard Plug will celebrate two decades as a band at the Knitting Factory as part of their “Twenty Years of Beers” tour. They formed in 1991 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, self-releasing Skapocalypse Now! the following year. They’ve released six studio albums over the years and toured extensively, everywhere from divey clubs to bigger festivals. Doors re at 7pm, with the all-ages show starting at 7:30. Flatfoot 56, Hub City Stompers, and The Jukebox Romantics will open. It’s $12 in advance or $14 at the door.

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