Upcoming shows & Events

Musician
  • WhoMike Burton & Melvin George II
  • DateFebruary 24, 2018
  • Time8PM
  • Fee$15

NOTICE: UPON THE PURCHASE OF TICKETS AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO THE VAN DYCK CONFIRMING YOUR PURCHASE. THIS PURCHASE GUARANTEES FULL-SERVICE DINING SEATING BEFORE AND DURING THE EVENT. DOORS TO ALL SHOWS OPEN AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE START. SEATING CHART WILL BE DONE BASED ON THE QUANTITY PURCHASED. SEPARATE TRANSACTIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO SIT TOGETHER. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIT WITH A LARGE PARTY PURCHASE TICKETS THROUGH ONE ACCOUNT. ENJOY!

 

Mike Burton is quickly becoming known across the country as the, “act you don’t want to miss.” Mike started doing standup comedy in 1996 and moved up the ladder quickly; first performing in the clubs in NYC than in clubs around the country. He’s been a substitute warm-up guy for both The Chew; and Rachel Ray and has been on Law & Order SVU.

Mike grew up in North Carolina before moving to New York City and becoming a comedian. Since he’s been in New York, he’s been in the music video “Softly” by Noelle Noelle, the independent films “In 21 Days” and “The Hack Files” he was also featured in the t.v. variety show “The Fringe” that features up and coming comics and bands. Soon he’ll be seen at film festivals all over the country as a werewolf in the independent feature “4 for Dinner”; a comedy-horror from the award-winning director of “The Risen”, Scott Klein. He was also in an episode of the NBC hit Law & Order: SVU. Most recently Mike was in a holiday commercial for Modell’s Sporting Goods.

Mike has showcased at many NACA’s including East Coast, Upper Mid- West, and Heartland of America. He has enjoyed performing at colleges from Maine to the Dakota’s, New Mexico and Colorado. When he’s home he performs regularly at the clubs in New York City. He has had the pleasure of opening for national acts such as Emo Philips, Dave Chappelle, and Jim Breuer. Mike has entertained audiences all over with a high energy act and material that ranges from relationships to computer skills to shaking hands. He has the southern roots that make him hospitable and enough New York in him to give him an edge.

 

MELVIN GEORGE II

 

MELVIN GEORGE II

Melvin has been seen on HBO, Showtime, Fox, and A&E. He was seen in the films Mo’ Better Blues, The Meteor Man and Behind the Smile.

Bio:

MELVIN GEORGE II is “The King of Smooth!” Tall, lean, bespectacled and armed with a brazen sense of “cool,” Melvin made his comedy debut in his hometown of Boston and soon after moved on to a successful career in New York City. A trained actor and director, Melvin used his theatrical training as a member of The Kitchen Table Comedy Team making appearances at Carnegie Hall and The Village Gate. He has appeared in concert with such celebrated artists as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Patti LaBelle, Stephanie Mills, Ashford & Simpson, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and Isaac Hayes to name a few.

He has been seen in the films Mo’ Better Blues Spike Lee, The Meteor Man Robert Townsend and Behind the Smile Damon Wayans. Melvin has appearances on HBO, Showtime, and on several Fox and A&E shows. Over the years, Melvin has been nominated for several National Campus Entertainment Awards for comedy among colleges.

 


Musician
  • WhoStu Hamm - Solo Bass Show
  • DateMarch 22, 2018
  • TimeTBD
  • Fee$12 Advance $15 Day of

NOTICE: UPON THE PURCHASE OF TICKETS AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO THE VAN DYCK CONFIRMING YOUR PURCHASE. THIS PURCHASE GUARANTEES FULL-SERVICE DINING SEATING BEFORE AND DURING THE EVENT. DOORS TO ALL SHOWS OPEN AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE START. SEATING CHART WILL BE DONE BASED ON THE QUANTITY PURCHASED. SEPARATE TRANSACTIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO SIT TOGETHER. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIT WITH A LARGE PARTY PURCHASE TICKETS THROUGH ONE ACCOUNT. ENJOY!

Virtuoso bassist Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) will appear at The Van Dyck on Thursday March 22, 2018, in a one show return engagement of his highly acclaimed and entertaining solo bass show. Having stunned audiences across the world with his innovative playing, STU HAMM has made a name as the go-to bass player for the world’s great musicians. Time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani has cemented his place among the greats and gave HAMM the platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide. 

Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman, STU HAMM has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument.

STU HAMM is a world class, utterly entertaining story-teller, legendary bass guitar icon, known also for playing and recording with some of the greatest guitarists of the recent decades: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Alex Skolnick, Richie Kotzen, Mike Keneally, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Michael Schenker, Richie Kotzen. and many others. Stu has been a monumental influence in jazz/rock style for many bass players worldwide.

This solo show, “THE DIARY OF PATRICK XAVIER,”  according to Stu, “…is a deeply personal show based on my real life experiences, (and one AMAZING coincidence), that happened to me over the last few years. You see...I found this Diary in a Hotel in Italy. The author, "Patrick Xavier" had been going through many things that were completely different, yet EXACTLY THE SAME as what I had been going through on my Journey. So I just HAD to write Solo Bass pieces comparing his writings and my musical reactions to our shared experiences…”

 


Musician
  • WhoThe Music of Traffic
  • DateMarch 30, 2018
  • Time7PM & 9PM
  • Fee$19 Advance/$23 Day Of
NOTICE: UPON THE PURCHASE OF TICKETS AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO THE VAN DYCK CONFIRMING YOUR PURCHASE. THIS PURCHASE GUARANTEES FULL-SERVICE DINING SEATING BEFORE AND DURING THE EVENT. DOORS TO ALL SHOWS OPEN AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE START. SEATING CHART WILL BE DONE BASED ON THE QUANTITY PURCHASED. SEPARATE TRANSACTIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO SIT TOGETHER. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIT WITH A LARGE PARTY PURCHASE TICKETS THROUGH ONE ACCOUNT. ENJOY!

 

The Music of Traffic

The legendary English jam-rock band Traffic, led by Steve Winwood and Dave Mason, is best known for its early 1970s albums “John Barleycorn Must Die” and “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” and the Dave Mason penned rock standard, “Feelin’ Alright.” This will be a night of music devoted to the groundbreaking group that blew open the conventions of Rock with their influences of Jazz, Folk & Progressive Rock. Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason & Chris Wood's visionary band remains as relevant, rocking and fresh today, as it was in its 1967 inception.

This incredible all star group of musicians will be digging deep into the Traffic archives for this show. They will be performing many of your favorites, as well as some deeper lesser known cuts.

Musicians Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist: Bruce Katz, woodwinds: Bill Harris, vocalist: Joey Eppard, bassist: Scott Petito and guitarist/vocalist: Andy Stack are/were bandmates and sidemen to many of the greatest names in RocknRoll and are excited to share their passion for the Music of Traffic.

The performers are members of or have recorded with The Band, The Allman Brothers, Greg Allman Band, Delbert McClinton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Norah Jones, Jakob Dylan, Chaka Khan, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. John, Celine Dion, Natalie Merchant, Bobby Caldwell, Brenda Russell, Jonathan Butler, James Taylor, Garth Hudson, The Fugs, Jack DeJohnette and many others.

The original Traffic had two phases. The first , a winsomely psychedelic pop band that blending blues, folk, rock, and R&B, fronted by Steve Winwood - best-known for his lead vocals with the Spencer Davis Group - and Dave Mason. After Mason, the band became Winwood's vehicle for longer, moodier excursions that leaning into to jazz and soul. Traffic was exceedingly popular in both incarnations.

In 1970, while Winwood was recording his first solo album, "Mad Shadows", Capaldi and Wood sat in on some sessions. That LP became Traffic's fifth and most commercially successful album, "John Barleycorn Must Die", a gold album and a staple of "progressive" FM radio. This was followed by another gold album, "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" in 1971.

Nippertown review of December 2017 show: http://www.nippertown.com/2018/01/09/live-the-music-of-traffic-club-helsinki-12-16-17

 

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Musician
  • WhoSpero Plays Nyro, an Evening of the Music of Laura Nyro
  • DateApril 28, 2018
  • Time7:30
  • Fee$18 Adv. $22 Day Of

NOTICE: UPON THE PURCHASE OF TICKETS AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO THE VAN DYCK CONFIRMING YOUR PURCHASE. THIS PURCHASE GUARANTEES FULL-SERVICE DINING SEATING BEFORE AND DURING THE EVENT. DOORS TO ALL SHOWS OPEN AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE START. SEATING CHART WILL BE DONE BASED ON THE QUANTITY PURCHASED. SEPARATE TRANSACTIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO SIT TOGETHER. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIT WITH A LARGE PARTY PURCHASE TICKETS THROUGH ONE ACCOUNT. ENJOY!

“Spero Plays Nyro, an Evening of the Music of Laura Nyro".

2018 is an important year for fans of the music of Laura Nyro, one of the 20th century's greatest songwriters.  March 3, 2018 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the release of Laura Nyro's album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession. It was considered one of the two most important albums that year, the other being the Beatles White Album. 

On Saturday April 28, the Christine Spero Group will be bringing Spero Plays Nyro, ("And When I Die", "Eli's Coming", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Sweet Blindness") to the Van Dyck.

There is timeless music that touches our soul and many times we begin our love affair with these songs through the artists that bring us their fantastic renditions.  For example we all remember the impressive delivery of Blood, Sweat, and Tears on “And When I Die”.  Another that you are sure to remember is “Eli’s Comin’” as performed by Three Dog Night.  But if we look deeper we learn that both of these super groups plus another, The Fifth Dimension, and most certainly the fabulous Barbra Streisand were all bringing us the music of a songwriter named Laura Nyro.  Sadly, Laura lost her battle with ovarian cancer some years back.  However, today Laura is far from being forgotten as the multi-talented group, The Christine Spero Group, performs their live tribute that pays incredible homage to Ms. Nyro.  So much so that Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) shared the following, “I knew that Christine was doing a tribute to my old friend Laura Nyro, but I wasn’t prepared for just how amazing Christine’s performance turned out to be”.  

THE CHRISTINE SPERO GROUP

(http://www.christinesperogroup.com/bio/)

In this heartfelt and moving tribute to Laura Nyro, one of the greatest and most covered songwriters of the 20th century, pianist, singer Christine Spero and her group take the listener on an unforgettable journey through some of Laura’s most memorable songs. Spero Plays Nyro reminds us that Laura’s music is poignant and timeless. The arrangements are hip, the vocals are beautiful, the musicianship is stellar. The exquisite arrangements are true to Laura’s originals but with many sweet creative touches, beautifully interpreted in the group’s own distinct style.

Christine has fully recaptured Laura’s spirit and passion with beautiful renditions running the breadth and depth of Laura's emotions. Drummer Peter O'Brien and bassist Scott Petito create a rhythm section that keeps the music driving and steady but never imposing. Saxophonist / percussionist, Elliot Spero, adds excellent sax solos,flutes and multiple percussion accents. 

"I wasn’t prepared for just how amazing Christine's performance turned out to be."

... Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Blues Project)

 

"Excellent work and obviously a labor of love"...Felix Cavaliere

 

-And When I Die The Cutting Room, NYC      https://youtu.be/23lAWVRGBC4?t=6s

-Up on the Roof   World Cafe Live Philadelphia   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7lqf2menGg

 

 

-Stoned Soul Picnic / Outpost in the Burbs NJ 2017  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFBSFeMk108&t=76s