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Rowdy Deer Tick gets classy for Carnegie Hall

Deer Tick

Deer Tick

Is it possible that the rowdy roots-rock band Deer Tick is growing up?

On Saturday, the Rhode Island band, which is known for songs like "Let's All Go to the Bar," is taking its act to Carnegie Hall as part of an evening of music hosted by its singer, John McCauley.

Along with his band Deer Tick, he will be joined by his other band, Diamond Rugs, Jason Isbell, Langhorne Slim and Mark Sultan.

You're known for boozy live shows. Will Carnegie change that? Out of respect for the place we'll probably be pretty tame. Let the music do the work.

Do you feel like people focus too much on the rowdiness of Deer Tick and overlook other elements of your music? It's kind of half and half. It can bug me sometimes but whatever, we did it to ourselves.

Have you seen a lot of shows at Carnegie Hall? I think I've only seen one. It was John Prine, one of the best shows I've seen.

How did you pick the guests for the show? We've played with all those guys. We just asked a bunch of people we really like and waited to hear back from them. I'm pretty happy about how it ended up.


If you go: John McCauley and Friends is at Carnegie Hall on Saturday at 10 p.m., 881 Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800, $42-$49.

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