Posts Tagged ‘open bar’
Had a really authentic Lower East Side night – first got a few free drinks from the SKINnY bar & lounge (174 Orchard St) while they were having another open bar event – just a block from Rockwood . Never really been hanging out in one of those places for the real American young people crowd in the Lower East Side 😀 Was a great spot for people-watching. I enjoyed it a lot. They even had go-go dancers and all.
&Rockwood @ midnight – Jeff Taylor Group. The reason I went there was Mark Guiliana on the drums 😀 Was amazing. Especially as a live show – on a CD the music would be too indie rock for me, I think. (they were selling CDs for $5 too- the song It Swell on it really sounds like a hit 😉 with really bold lyrics if i get it right… and Blue Bucket is kind of funny- has the melody from I Hear a Rhapsody used in the bridge :)). I was thinking if rock was always that good, maybe I wouldn’t even listen to jazz. But the secret of the band is Mark Guiliana on the drums, I think. Mike Severson played the bass and then there was Steve Wall, I believe – guy who did backing vocals, keyboard, effects, killer funky rhythm guitar. Jeff Taylor on vocals and guitar (and some piano) seems to be one of those multi-talented ones. Rockwood was packed – and everybody I talked to were fans of either Jeff Taylor or Mark Guiliana. I don’t see why would anybody even want to go for those over-hyped rockstar groups when there is stuff like that, GREAT musicians playing such rocking super funky shows in authentic places – for no cover. Yeah, but I guess to find things like that is the privilege of being in New York. Read the rest of this entry »
With Chris Tordini (bass), Frank LoCrasto (piano), Ari Hoenig (drums). I heard the second set. Ari sounded great with the band! I enjoyed it a lot. I was actually coming from another open bar on 6th Avenue – it was crazy – I never realised what a lot of free vodka and a great DJ can do to a person. Looking back at it I think I had one too many there. But yeah, was really lucky to get a ride back to Brooklyn after Jazz Gallery, because the F – the fabulous– train is doing the shuttle bus thing this weekend.
First it was Rockwood for the happy hour band of Melanie Penn, the singer-songwriter. Seemed to be really popular, Rockwood was packed. I met a fellow Estonian Hanna-Liina Võsa there, so we went on for some Friday night gig hopping 🙂 Next in plan was Dave Allen Trio @ Bar Next Door with Aidan Carroll on bass and Jared Schonig on drums (who was subbing for someone, did a great job sight reading there). Bass and drums were really loud and stole most of the attention – and I enjoyed it, they were killin. Bar Next Door was quite empty, I never got such a good seat there yet. Apparently the 1st and 4th sets are 50% off the cover charge which makes it $6. And the drink minimum – the season for beer is over, now is time for tea.
And vodka. Next stop was Webster Hall @ the East Village, more like a DJ venue there, besides an open vodka bar it featured a cool live music event with beatboxer Pete List and harp guitarist Rob Mastrianni. Sounded great!
We as Estonians both drank 5 vodka cocktails in a fraction of a second and felt great 😀 Open bars are so much fun 🙂
And then the final destination, Coco 66 in Greenpoint to hear Aki Ishiguro Group with Alex Terrier on alto, Sean Wayland on keys, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Nick Anderson on drums. For some weird reason the place was double booked so they actually played next door, it seemed to be 68 Greenpoint Ave not 66. But the band was great 😀 Some killin jazz playing 😀 And I got home with just one long train ride, the G train 🙂 Was very gradual.