We host live music each weekend on Saturday and Sunday evenings, if you would like to hear more about our holiday schedule or have a question about a specific upcoming night, please let us know, we are happy to help.
“Her performances draw you in with their soft, hypnotic qualities, turning each song into a dialogue between her and the audience.” – Brooklyn Exposed
A stunning song siren – award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mary Alouette is one to watch. Her voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz singer. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, have laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound. She also composes and performs electronic music under the name Alarke.
Her Gypsy jazz singing brought her to stay in a Gypsy caravan in France, but before that she’s headlined at venues including 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s SixtyFive Bar, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, and Terra Blues; sung at Carnegie Hall; competed in the Apollo Theater’s tour; performed the US National Anthem for major league baseball teams; studied opera singing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, as well as received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and worked in the studio as an audio engineer. She’s won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition, won New Artist of the Year (2013) and Best Debut Album (2013) with WAMA, and has twice been nominated by WAMA for Best Jazz Vocalist. She was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Center for the Arts in Maryland and her performance has been highlighted in the New Yorker. From releasing three EPs of original music that combine Gypsy jazz and electronic music to composing and performing live film scores at Nitehawk Cinema in New York City, her creative muscles have flexed a complex vibrancy reflected from her formative years in Montreal, Canada. She is a 2017 SU-CASA Artist-in -Residence with the Brooklyn Arts Council.
mud in your moonshine
Mud In Your Moonshine is an acoustic blues band bringing New York the very best in country blues.
We take audiences out for intimate
ront-porch-style music sessions.
ERICA MANCINI & THE BEE'S KNEES
The Bee’s Knees is a showcase of NYC’s most spectacular musical talent, featuring a unique cast of performers. Bandleader, singer, and accordionist Erica Mancini is accompanied by the rousing combination of banjolin, rubber clarinet, slide trumpet, cutlery percussion, and extra-large tuba. They’ve got all the flapper chart-toppers covered, and will even throw in some depression-era hits for when your feet are too tired from dancing the Charleston! The Bee’s Knees is easy on the ears and eyes, and will surely give you a sweet sting of delight.
Seth Kessel and the Two Cent Band play an innovative repertoire that features a modern-day interpretation of Prohibition-era swing and 1950s rock ‘n’ roll. The Brooklyn-based five-piece is comprised of highly skilled musicians who perform extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Frontman Seth Kessel layers his virtuosic guitar-playing and rich-toned, multi-octave voice with vibrant horns (Gabriel Yonkler on saxophone and Jackson Hardaker on trombone) and a dynamic rhythm section (Nick Wight on drums and percussion and Larry Cook on upright bass). Their live performances include energetic rock shows that inspire audiences to dance, and jazz gigs at speakeasies with old-world charm. Throughout these diverse styles and venues, the band performs variations of their witty and playful original songs. They are often joined on stage by special guests on fiddle, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, piano, and more. They regularly perform at clubs, weddings, and parties throughout New York City and the tri-state area. Their debut album, In the Golden Days, was released in 2013, and their second album will be released later this year.
LE FANFARE OF GREENPOINT
Luca Fadda , Le Fanfare's co owner put together the house band that inspired the restaurant concept .
Cast in the tradition of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, the blues driven duo of guitar and harmonica by the Greezy Greens plays the history of American music from jazz to jug and blues to ballads.
CAIT AND THE CRITTERS
Cait and the Critters was born out of a chance encounter. While singing at a jam session one night, Cait agreed she and her band would perform on the Vintage Subway. The thing is, she didn't have a band yet. It took a lot of calls and a good friend with a quick wit to come up with the band and the name. Fortunately, Cait had a fantastic gig and has since hit the ground swinging.
Cait and the Critters have played in numerous locations in New York City including The Jalopy Theater, The Queens Kickshaw, Le Fanfare, and on the Vintage F Line. The core band is a shifting cast of talented collaborators, instigators and wielders of fine instruments. Traditional jazz has lasted through the decades because the lyrical stories in standards are still relevant today. When a band is happy and swinging, the tunes inspire tapping feet. Come for the smiles, come for the stories, and come for the joyful gaggle of swing dancers that Cait invites to every event that can host them.
Felix “Slim” Amieva, born in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in 1973. One of Spain’s leading blues musicians, Felix Slim specializes in blues, ragtime and swing from the 1920’s to 1940’s. Influenced by the Delta, Piedmont, Texas, Jump and Chicago sound, Slim uses slide guitar, fingerpicking and standard and open tunings. He's played his dynamic versions of blues classics and original songs with echoes of flamenco, rebetiko and jazz manouche on 5 albums and has toured in 8 countries worldwide.
Expertly playing and swapping between the harmonica and kazoo, Slim’s unique singing voice complements these instruments, creating a fresh and distinctive yet true vintage sound. He has collaborated with artists as diverse backgrounds and Mingo Balaguer, Raimundo Amador, Bob Margolin, Antonio Serrano, Bobby Radcliff, Tony Coleman, John Toro Richardson, Michael Herman and more.
THE PRE-WAR PONIES
The Ponies are almost ready to put out our new record! It's titled Get Out Under The Moon, and it includes 14 new tracks and features many fantastic musicians. You can hear two of the new tracks here. If you're interested in pre-ordering the record, please email us at prewarponies@gmail and we will give you more information.
The Pre-War Ponies was formed in 2007 by Daria Grace, who wanted to put to use her growing collection of sheet music and repertoire of not-quite hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s. She quickly recruited her old friend, trombonist and soprano uke player J. Walter Hawkes to be a part of the madness, and they have become the core duo of the band.
As for the band's mission, we see no reason to re-hash standards that have already been done so beautifully so many times. We like to dig deep. You have likely heard of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer, but you probably haven't heard some of their under-rated chestnuts like "Pardon My Southern Accent" or "Find Me A Primitive Man." We don't just stick to the famous songwriters, either. There are plenty of gems from that golden era by the likes of Fred Ahlert, Joe Young, Chas Tobias, and Eddie Jones, none of whom are exactly household names. But maybe they should be...
Daria has been on the NYC scene for 25 years now. She started out as a bass player and has toured and recorded with avant rockers God Is My Co-Pilot and pop noir sextet Melomane, among many others. She was also a founding member of Hawaiian swing quartet The Moonlighters, and cut her teeth on the baritone ukulele in that band. More recently Daria has been playing and singing with The Jack Grace Band and Sasha Dobson in addition to leading the Pre-War Ponies.
Originally from Pascagoula, MS, three time Emmy Award winning composer/trombonist/ukulele player J. Walter Hawkes has been an active in New York City for almost two decades. He's played with Norah Jones, Jon Hendricks, Elvis Costello, and many others. He is now serving as musical director and lead composer for PBS' "Peg + Cat", and has also composed for "Blue's Clues," "Wonder Pets," "Third & Bird", and many other shows you have no idea about unless you have a 3 year old.
italian surf academy
ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY - Marco Cappelli (guitar) Damon Banks (bass) and Dave Miller (drums) – was formed by Marco Cappelli after long conversations with Marc Ribot about the roots of the electric guitar "sound". Although several classic themes are rearranged and de-constructed, the music is fresh and unpredictable. Through its irony, the music triggers memories that coexist with a very specific artistic vision:
“Back then (the 1950's through the 1970's) the U.S. was more than a geographic place … it was a concept that we dreamt of belonging to. The prairies, a cowboy on his horse riding into the sunset encompassed by that warm guitar sound with a lot of reverb … all of it. This image was made up by the American movie industry and redone in many movies with a “made in Italy” label, that was expressed in Italy and abroad by Italian directors. That’s why we decided to create the “Italian Surf Academy” as a project that represents this musical and visual concept".
Intensively active since 2010 in Europe (Italy, France, Scandinavia) USA (New York, California) and Asia (China, Japan), ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY "paid its dues” by touring in rock and jazz clubs, as well as theaters around the world.
“Think of Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli’s ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY as a mixture of Dick Dale and John Zorn, or perhaps a far-out musical crossbreeding of the Ventures with a mind-blowing, avant-garde jazz education. Whether you’re touring the seaside cobblestone streets of Calabria via Vespa scooter, or surfing the swells of Manhattan Beach, balance is crucial. And in this heady amalgam of 1950s and ’60s American surf rock, psychedelia and folkloric Italian melodies, Cappelli and his Italian Surf Academy have embraced that concept wholeheartedly… It’s the musical equivalent of pouring Peroni into pineapple juice, and the resulting concoction is …"oh-so-tasty!”
- Hillary Brown, Downbeat Magazine
"A fascinating exploration of engaging music."
- Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal