Our little hotel has always been a beacon for artists: the Dylans (Bob and Thomas), Hemingway, Diddley, the Stones and a host of others who need only go by one name. We love that fact and are intent on keeping the music playing for a long time to come.
So here’s where Richard Barone comes in. We’ve always been fans and were fortunate to befriend this talented songwriter, arranger, author, director and record producer. Richard was the frontman for The Bongos, an exceptional power pop/new wave band back in the 80s, and is still recording today. His latest album, Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s celebrates the origins of the singer-songwriter movement in that pivotal decade that our hotel was such an integral part of. (Not familiar with Richard or The Bongos? Get thee to iTunes. Stat.)
Anyhooo, our pal Richard has teamed up with us to curate and host Village Nights, a monthly salon series right here in our lounge. As Barone describes it, “Greenwich Village’s longstanding legacy as a center of cultural revolution and a haven for self-expression has always been expressed through its nightlife. this freewheeling musical salon series celebrates the Village’s folk, jazz, and spoken-word heritage in a uniquely historic setting and offers a great night out!”
We second that emotion!
First up on March 18th? David Amram, an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author. David’s integration of jazz, folkloric, and world music has led him to work with some folks you may have heard of: Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie and Jack Kerouac. (To name a few.)
We’re so excited about this premier performance on this Sunday and hope our guests and local friends will be into it too!
Here are the particulars: Showtime is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cover charge is only $20 and there is no drink minimum. (Huzzah!) Head here for tickets.
See you on Sunday!