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Norah Jones and Puss N Boots add another show at The Ballroom in Hamden

June 28, 2014

By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register, Conn.

June 28--HAMDEN -- Let's face it: At least half the people who quickly bought all the tickets that sold out the first Puss N Boots show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space on July 22 probably have never seen the band and may not even know just what it sounds like.

They're Norah Jones fans who are probably more familiar with the megastar's poppier work.

But the curious, the roots music fans who are likely to most appreciate Puss N Boots' music and the Jones fans who weren't as quick on the draw the first time around will be pleased to know that a second show has now been added for July 23.

Just don't expect it to be a Norah Jones show.

Sure, she'll be standing up front and singing some of the songs.

But the band, which blew a lot of people, including me, away this past Sunday at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., is very much a three-woman operation, with the extremely talented Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper each also taking turns out front.

The ladies are just likely to do a song penned by Doc Watson as one by Norah Jones.

And, for the record, if Sunday's show was any indication, Jones is likely to be playing electric guitar -- absolutely shredding on it at times, as she did on a surprising cover of Neil Young's classic, "Down By The River" -- not the keyboards many fans might expect her to play.

Jones also plays fiddle with Puss N Boots. Dobson plays acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Popper plays bass and acoustic guitar. All three sing.

The new show, also presented by Premier Concerts and Manic Productions Presents, begins at 8 p.m. on July 23, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, general admission -- and WILL sell out in advance. They're available online at

The Ballroom at The Outer Space is at 295 Treadwell St. Phone: 203-288-6400.

Puss N Boots didn't just drop from the sky. The three have played together live since 2008, although they did finally take their association into the studio. Blue Note Records will release their debut album, "No Fools, No Fun," on July 15.

Recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn, "No Fools, No Fun" includes five original songs -- two each from Dobson and Popper and one from Jones -- and seven cover tunes, including "Bull Rider," a Rodney Crowell song made famous by Johnny Cash.

That song, one of three on the album recorded live at the Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y, provided the lyrics that became the album name.

"We had talked about recording for a long time," said Popper in a press release. "A listen to the live recordings of one of the Bell House shows gave us a kick in the pants. The record is a snapshot of what we do, warts and all."

The album has been available for pre-order since June 17. Fans who pre-order "No Fools, No Fun" on iTunes and can download of the aforementioned "Down By The River," which in its live incarnation on Sunday, ROCKED.

"'Down By The River' is one of my all-time favorite Neil Young recordings, and I've always had this fantasy of playing it and rocking the guitar solo," said Jones. "I never really thought I'd have the guts to do it, but that's sort of what this band has always been about, trying new things. We always egg each other on, whether it was Sasha playing drums or Cat singing an original song for the first time on stage."

"We have always thrived on our live performance," said Dobson. "We rage onstage. It's exciting to think the positive energy that's created from this band could reach beyond a small club in Brooklyn."

Call Mark Zaretsky at 203-789-5722.


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