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The Felice Brothers throw a Nun Neil Young Halloween party at Spaceland Ballroom

October 29, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 29--HAMDEN -- You want spooky?

Try on this for size: The Felice Brothers live at Spaceland Ballroom in a Manic Productions show on Halloween night, with something called Nun Neil Young and a DJ set by Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop) opening.

OK, so you've probably heard of the Felice Brothers by now. But who or what is this Nun Neil Young?

Well, Googling it won't do much good. There's no Nun Neil Young Web page or Facebook page or anything like that.

You will find some clues in Instagram posts on the Felice Brothers Web page, one of which bears the caption, "Halloween at Spaceland in Hamden CT we will open show as the NUN NEIL YOUNG BAND playing all your fave Neil hits."

So there you have it -- the Felice Brothers doing an all-Neil Young set.

Will they wear nun habits, or is that just the name?

Only one way to find out -- and that will cost you $25 at the door (or $20 in advance at www.theouterspace.com or by calling 203-288-6400.

The good news is, if your burning curiosity compels you to see Nun Neil Young, you then get the fabulous Felice Brothers for free.

If you haven't seen the Felice Brothers, who are from upstate New York, they are one of the better, fresher roots acts to appear on the scene in a while, well worth skipping out on the later rounds of trick-or-treaters (hopefully, your house won't get TP'd or egged.)

Three of the original band members really are brothers, originally from Palenville, N.Y., in the Catskills, although former drummer Simone Felice left the band in 2009 and now leads his own band, The Duke & The King.

The current Felice Brothers are Ian and James Felice, bass guitarist Christmas Clapton, Greg Farley on fiddle and Dave Turbeville on drums. Ian Felice is the primary vocalist and plays guitar and piano. James Felice also sings and plays piano, organ and accordion.

You can call what they do folk rock or country rock, but basically they tell really good musical stories.

They started doing it at their father's afternoon barbecues and in subway stations in New York in 2006, but have since moved on to larger venues, including the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Clearwater Festival and All Points West Music & Arts Festival, among many others.

They also have played at the late Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, N.Y.

Call Mark Zaretsky at 203-789-5722.

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