Today’s Sweet 6 > SUNDAY / JULY 03, 2016
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Weather forecast looks super for today and this weekend.
Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Festival of Independence
South Street Seaport, One Seaport Plaza, 19 Fulton St./
“The Seaport is humming back to life. East River walkways tucked under the F.D.R. are again rife with bikers, skaters, and stroller shovers routing a bit of waterfront sun into their evening commutes and weekend romps, not to mention adventurous fishermen casting lines over the rail. There are few better spots to view the annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, now in their fortieth year—two barges will be set up just off Pier 17—and this two-day festival of concerts, food, and family activities provides a picturesque backdrop.
Noisey, VICE’s music and culture channel, has picked a stacked lineup of independent artists to perform on Peck Slip across the long weekend, including indie acts like Wild Nothing, Porches, and Public Access T.V. and soul-stirrers like D.R.A.M., Phony Ppl, and MeLo-X. Seaport Smorgasburg will serve food from a spread of venders, and kids can enjoy juggling acts and sing-alongs before the main events. The Seaport Culture District, an arts initiative new to South Street, has invited cultural partners, such as the Parsons School of Design’s IMPACT!, to exhibit creative and design-related demonstrations in the fields of architecture, design, media, and film.” (NewYorker)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays –
Irka Mateo y la Tirindanga
Pier I in Riverside Park South, W70th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Enjoy vibrantly-danceable live music accompanied by a spectacular sunset over the Hudson River! Join us every Sunday in July!
Irka Mateo y la Tirindanga – a Caribbean whirlwind, delivering songs that celebrate the music, history, and culture of her beloved Caribbean and Latin America. Her songs bring to the world the deep-rooted sounds of this wonderful region of our planet. With an amazing voice and charismatic performances supported by her stellar band La Tirindanga. She fills the dance floors with healing and happy energy, moving the hearts and feet of those in attendance with her joyful celebration of Mestizo music.”
King Sunny Adé / Orlando Julyius and the Afro Soundz
SummerStage 4th of July Weekend
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield/ 2PM, FREE
“New York’s biggest series of outdoor concerts, SummerStage, is back in full force with free shows representing music from near and far. On Sunday, feel prideful for the country’s melting-pot heritage when amazing world music fills Central Park with joyous, infectious beats. Nigeria’s most popular musician King Sunny Adé headlines with his full band, which includes dancers, several guitars and phenomenal drummers, and it’s a great way to kick off the holiday weekend right. Fellow Nigerian Orlando Julius sets the mood with his signature Afropop style, and Philadelphia’s DJ Rich Medina spins between sets.” (TONY)
Rudy Royston ‘303’ (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM; $30
“Mr. Royston has emerged as a first-tier drummer in recent years, backing the trumpeter Dave Douglas and the guitarist Bill Frisell. Drawing here from his recent debut album, “303,” he leads a smartly distinctive band featuring the trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the guitarist Nir Felder, the pianist Sam Harris and two bassists, Yasushi Nakamura and Mimi Jones.” (Chinen-NYT)
Joshua Redman Quartet (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM; $20,$35
“Have twenty-five years really passed since Redman took first place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition? Now a forty-seven-year-old jazz mainstay, Redman remains connected to fresh musical currents. Putting his recent James Farm collective and trio projects on hold, he reanimates a quartet that includes his longtime associates Aaron Goldberg on piano and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.” (NewYorker)
Elsewhere, but if you love this master of the Hammond Organ, worth the detour:
Dr. Lonnie Smith’s ‘Evolution’ (LAST DAY)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30PM +9:30PM; $35
“Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Hammond B-3 organist, has spent the last 50 years moving around within the realm of funky soul-jazz. “Evolution,” his appealing new album, positions him as a wise elder among fierce younger talent like the saxophonist John Ellis and the trumpeter Maurice Brown, who rejoin him here in a group driven by two powerful drummers, Joe Dyson and Johnathan Blake.” (Chinen-NYT)
Bonus – Jazz Clubs:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
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
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.
♦ 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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016. Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
A PremierPub / Tribeca
B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St))
There 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 it 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.
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
“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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