The place to be for jazz lovers this summer is New York City. With such stars as the Charles McPherson Quintet, Julian Lee, and the Jon Irabagon Quartet, there is something for everyone to love.
On August 2 treat yourself to a fantastic concert with the Jon Irabagon Quartet. Irabagon is the winner of the 2008 Thelonius Monk Saxophone Competition and the New York City Jazz Record’s 2012 Musician of the Year.
Joining him as part of the quartet is Billy Drummond on drums; bassist Yasushi; and pianist Luis Perdomo.
In New York Irabagon is an up and coming performer in the New York music world. He is a member of several ensembles, including “Mostly Other People Do the Killing” and the “Mary Halvorson Quintet.”
The concert is on Tuesday, August 2, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, will mostly explore the more swinging style of Irabagon, performing pieces from his well-received 2015 album “Behind the Sky.” The venue is Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Broadway and 60th Street, on the fifth floor.
Here are a few bars with something unique to offer along with a pint or a lovely glass of wine.
Frying Pan: This unusual bar & grill was built in 1929 as a floating lightship to guard a place called Frying Pan Shoals 30 miles off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. At some point in the boats history she was abandoned for ten years, and then sank. After three years submerged, she was salvaged and then bought by today’s owners. In 1989 the boat, with a new engine and completely refurbished, sailed to New York City. Today Frying Pan is docked at Pier 66a in the Hudson River Park at West 26th Avenue. The owners chose to restore the outside of the boat to her original look, but the inside maintains a barnacle covered, sunken ship motif.
Floyd, NY: Owners Pam and Jim Carden took a liquor store and recreated a rural tavern the likes of which can be found in Pam’s hometown of Floyd, Iowa. To create such an atmosphere the Cardens added a jukebox with great Hank Williams tunes and songs from the Bad Liver. The premises sport tin ceilings, a rescued 1870s era bar, and even polite bartenders. Even more impressive is the indoor bocce game, sand and all.
Gallow Green: Talk about street theater- this luscious green rooftop bar features actors who never leave character, chatting up the patrons in a decidedly historical manner. Located on top of the McKittrick Hotel which houses the immersive theater extravaganza “Sleep No More,” a night out at this bar is sure to create lasting memories, and make you smile.
Late Night Basement’s Chris Rose
Did you know that Late Night Basement in Brooklyn hosts a free show once a month? Well now that you know, you still have time to check out this month’s addition on Friday night, May 9th. Chris Rose will host four fabulous comics: Jon Benjamin, Walter Martin, Michelle Wolf, and Jared Logan.
In case you missed who Chris Rose is, well, he’s the guy that interviewed Williamsburg residents about their opinion of Guy Fieri opening a new restaurant right in the nabe. (It was just a joke, so calm down.) The video of this prank went viral, and now Chris is famous. Sort of. Well, at least we know he’s funny.
While supplies last there will be a two-for-one beer offer thanks to local brewer HEAVY SEAS. DJ TREATZ will also be playing a unique mixture of indie pop and Beyonce. Late Night Basement happens at Pine Box Rock Shop at 12 Grattan Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Lord Easy of Karaoke Killed the Cat
How about something really different? Every Friday at midnight you can check out “Karaoke Killed the Cat” at Union Hall, 702 Union Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The atmosphere is wild as a “karaoke dance party” ensues under the instigation of co-hosts Chris Goldteeth and Lord Easy. Those who dare get to choose from over 18,000 tunes to sing along with while the rest of the guests are enthralled by the antics of Goldteeth and Easy as they act as back-up singers, dancers, or even start water-gun fights while the music is playing.
Mr. Goldteeth explains that, “We do our best to rev the crowd up so everyone feels like a star.”
Join in the fun and feel like a star. There’s nothing to lose, since it’s absolutely free.
The list of events and performances to attend on New Year’s Eve is almost endless. Here are a few of our favorites:
The Big Apple Circus – this is a great family-friendly option for the big night. Take your kids to New York City’s celebrated circus at 9:30 pm on New Year’s Eve; tickets range from $45 – $125.
Bargemusic – this is a quintessential Brooklyn phenomenon – sit in a barge in the harbor facing Manhattan, and listen to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos just before fireworks light up the water. The concert begins at 7 pm and tickets are $125.
Radio City Music Hall – what could be more New York than that? See Moe’s 5-hour show, beginning at 9 pm, at Radio City, for $52.50 per person.