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Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For November 8

by WFUV Staff
Black 47's logo

Celtic rockers Black 47 have been a part of the fabric of New York for 25 years and frequent guests of Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight'® since the early '90s, but on Saturday, November 15, the dynamic band will play its final show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Tonight at 8, Vin will have his own radio-style wake for the group that frontman Larry Kirwan and former member Chris Byrne first brought to the show years ago, swaggering with punkish hubris, uilleann pipes, and rich tales of the politics, perils and poetry of the Irish experience and beyond.

"The Last Ship" Sets Sail

by John Platt
Joan Marcus

The Last Ship, the Broadway musical that's been Sting's very personal labor of love, is now afloat at the Beil Simon Theatre - and very much worth boarding. Set in Wallsend, Sting's hometown in the North ofEngland, it's a feel-good underdog story in the Billy Elliott/Kinky Boots vein (a bunch of out-of-work shipbuilders undertake to build a ship on their own), with a love triangle subplot.

Thank You, Stevie

by Rita Houston

It was a masterful evening of song and honest emotion at Madison Square Garden last night, with Stevie Wonder doing Songs in the Key of Life. The 1976 double album, chock full of hits, delivered a solid reminder of his songwriting genius — and allowed him plenty of room for showmanship.

But this was no oldies revue. It was full of musical surprises, progressive performances, and social relevance. Stevie rapped between songs, broke into tears on several occasions and spread love and joy to the packed house.

Question of the Day: "Slow" Songs

by Corny O'Connell

Today as part of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero, the speed limit in the city has been reduced to 25 mph. That's for all streets unless otherwise posted. So we're asking for "slow" songs. Not slow tempo songs necessarily, but songs with "slow" in the lyrics. Leave them in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

"59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" - Simon and Garfunkel