Selected Events (08/22) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Elite 8 > SATURDAY / AUGUST 22, 2015

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
(click on links for complete event info)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

>Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ
Pier 26, Hudson River Park, N Moore Street at Hudson River, TriBeCa / 2-9PM, FREE
Pick the meat off the bones of some of the city’s best BBQ restaurants while a foolproof lineup of blues and roots acts rock Pier 26.

“It may not be the Mississippi River, but the Hudson will do for a summer afternoon of fingerpicking and finger licking at this gathering, which combines music with smothered fare from some of the city’s best barbecue joints, including Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, and Butcher Bar. The well-seasoned musical lineup features the Daptone soul artist Naomi Shelton, performing with the Gospel Queens; the Chicago-born blues artist Otis Taylor, who has more than a dozen albums under his belt; Jarekus Singleton, a youngish guitarist out of Mississippi; and Vaneese Thomas, an R. & B., jazz, and soul singer from Memphis. It’s the perfect afternoon for New Yorkers, many of whom consider the South to be any place below Fourteenth Street.” (NewYorker)

Other Selected Events today:

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Geri Allen Trio (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM +10:30PM,
“A sterling modernist pianist who passionately values the jazz tradition, Allen demonstrates her commitment to weaving together the past and the present in her trio, which features the bassist Kenny Davis and the eighty-six-year-old drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving contributor to Miles Davis’s epochal recording “Kind of Blue.” (NewYorker)

>Andy Bey
Mezzrow, 163 W10th St. / 9:30PM, $
With his magnificent two most recent albums — “The World According to Andy Bey,” from 2013, and “Pages From an Imaginary Life,” from last year — Mr. Bey has consolidated his rare gifts as a songwriter of intuitive mystery, and as a jazz singer of deep patience and extravagant feeling.”
(NYT-Chinen)

>B-Boy Royale II
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, at Washington Square South / 7PM,
The city’s largest annual breakdance competition, presented by operators of local McDonald’s, features eight crews battling for a $5,000 grand prize. The evening will also include musical acts and special guests.

> “Cymbeline” / Shakespeare in the Park (through August 23)
Central Park, Delacorte Theater / 8PM, FREE
a fairytale tucked within a tragedy. Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe in the Bard’s romance where cross-dressing and fake deaths move the plot. this is one tough ticket
– if you qualify, try the new line for seniors 65-plus at the Delacorte Theater.
– take your chances with the online ticket lottery (click here to learn how)
– or try the new ticket lottery at the Public Theater near Astor Place (instructions here).
(seniorplanet.org)

>Trio da Paz and Friends (through Aug. 23)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $40
“Effervescence comes easily to Trio da Paz, a samba-jazz cooperative consisting of Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums. This engagement, a celebration of bossa nova standards, will augment the band with familiar reinforcements: the trumpeter Claudio Roditi, the saxophonist Harry Allen and the vocalist Maucha Adnet. “ (NYT-Chinen)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
>Madonnathon
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave / 8PM, $15
“For 12 years, Madonna fans have thanked their lucky stars for this purist party, and with dozens of inventive acts this year, including an all-metal Madonna tribute by Tragedy, the immaculate celebration should be better than ever.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
>Seafood and Music Beach Party
Governors Club, Governors Island, 2-9PM,
“There are two ticket options for this surf-and-sound festival hybrid, which includes Badfish, a Sublime tribute band that will perform the group’s hits and the album “40 oz. to Freedom” in its entirety. General admission gets you into the concert; a higher-priced ticket includes a lobster roll, clams, calamari and more.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Bonus – Jazz Picks:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. jazz.org/dizzys, 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave), birdlandjazz.com, 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. smokejazz.com, 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St))

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.

But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music iot may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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