Big Week for Music

Sometimes adventures take this Pesto-preneur out of the kitchen and into the world of music.

This past week my husband Dave and I have seen three live performances. The first was Shawn Mullins, a singer-songwriter from the Atlanta area, who I have seen multiple times. This time at The City Winery, our home away from home recently. I absolutely love Shawn’s music which is a mix of folk rock, instrumental and alternative. He is best known for his 1999 song “Lullaby” written about a young lady he met in a bar in California. You would know it if you heard it. His two bandmates are also very accomplished musicians.

Shawn Mullins performing at The City Winery, NY.

On Thursday night we walked to Summer Stage at Central Park and saw Elvis Costello and The Imposters touring to support his new album “The Imperial Bedroom”. He is a great performer. The music was a combination of classic rock, sultry and romantic lyrics, sad stories and funny ones all interspersed with older hits such as “Alison” and “Watching the Detectives”. The night air was absolutely perfect after several days of near 90 degree temperatures.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters performing at Summer Stage in Central Park.

Food is never far from my mind. We were meeting friends and we each brought our own food. I whipped together two, no actually three Roasted Veggie Sandwiches (see below) on Ciabatta Rolls with Ramp Pesto Mayo on one side and Mustard Garlic Aioli on the other. In-between the slices were Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, Red Pepper, Carrots and Red Onion, with a slice of Mozzarella and topped with a Mesclun Salad with a light Vinaigrette. Recipe below.

They were gone quickly once we settled in our spot on the green space in front of the stage. Lots of vendors there as well. Blue Marble Ice Cream from Brooklyn had a cart and I indulged in a Mexican Chocolate cone. The chocolate had hints of cinnamon, almond and dark chocolate chunks. Perfect!

Recipe:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with either parchment paper or silver foil lightly sprayed with cooking oil. Slice whatever vegetables you like to an equal size so that they will roast evenly. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over and sprinkle as much salt and pepper as you like. Roast for 20 minutes on one side, flip and another 15 minutes on the other. Meanwhile, slice the ciabatta roll in half and spread Pesto mayo on one side and a mustard aioli on the other. I purchased one at Trader Joe’s which I highly recommend. Place a slice of mozzarella on one side and top with the roasted vegetables and a mesclun salad mix on top. Close the sandwich and indulge!

Saturday night we returned to The City Winery to see Buster Poindexter, Lounge Lizard extraordinaire! In his previous life he was known as David Johansen, original member of the glam rock band The New York Dolls. We really did not know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised that he was an interesting combination of  great vocals, eclectic song mix and part-time jokester, albeit a bit on the raunchy side. We were surrounded by his extreme fans.

Buster Poindexter (aka David Johansen) and his wife Mara Hennessy at The City Winery NY.

One of the great things about being back in New York is the ability to see music often and take some chances on music you may not have heard before. Since August I have had the pleasure to see:  Sting, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joan Osborne, Bruce Hornsby, Jackson Brown, Phil Lesh, Ben Taylor, Carly Simon, Mark Cohen, 10,000 Maniacs, Art Garfunkel, Kris Kristofferson, Wilco, David Byrne, Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Bill Maher and Fred Armison.  Okay, the last two are not musicians but very cool indeed! And we have plans to see:  U2, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, Donald Fagan and Ben Folds over the next few months.


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