Salon 505 West St, New York, NY 10014 - (212) 929-4303 - The more I go to Salon the more I get to like this undiscovered gem. Salon comprises of a boudoir-deco styled basement bar/restaurant and a glorious dance hall upstairs with river views open for hire. I hear that this is where the hoity-toity used to go when their ships docked close-by back in the day.

When I first popped by with the Lady we discovered an amazing Latin disco upstairs fully equipped with DJ, dancing Brazilian festival girl on podium, a crowd that would feel at home in Ibiza Town (which is pretty difficult to find in the US).

When the room upstairs is closed the bar downstairs is pretty quiet. Normally there's an owner at the bar wondering why there aren't any customers. Best to bring your own crowd, enjoy the good food and ignore the poor liquor selection. We had a blast when we celebrated a birthday here.


June 25, 2005 in Bar, Music, West Village | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Summer Stage Line Up NYC

04ssafricains31Summer Stage is back. Party in the park!

Admission to all free performances is on a first-come, first-served basis, no tickets required. Gates open 90 minutes prior to performances on weekends and at benefit concerts, and 60 minutes prior to performances on weekdays.

Here's a decent listing about what's on: 

  Friday, June 17 - 7:00 PM
  Will Calhoun presents AZA - featuring Pharoah Sanders, Wallace
  Roney, Orrin Evans and John Benitez
  Burnt Sugar, Greg Tate, Conductor

  Saturday, June 18 - 3:00 PM
  John Legend
  Lyfe Jennings
  DJ Reborn

  Tuesday, June 21 - 7:30 PM
  Marilynne Robinson
  Joseph Lelyveld

  Friday, June 24 - 7:00 PM
  Cassandra Wilson
  Tamar-Kali Pseudoacoustic

  Saturday, June 25 - 3:00 PM
  The Official Central Park SummerStage 20th Anniversary Dance Party!
  Tortured Soul, Lady Alma, Rich Medina
  and hosted by Timmy Regisford
  Presented in association with Club Shelter

  Sunday, June 26 - 3:00 PM
  Canada Day!
  Tegan and Sara
  Ron Sexsmith
  East Village Opera Company
  Kyle Riabko

  Saturday, July 2 - 7:00 PM
  The Music of Nick Drake

  Sunday, July 3 - 3:00 PM
  Peace through Music, Love to the People
  Khaled & Friends
  Featuring Elan, KC Porter, Walfredo Reyes, Luis Conte, Cheb i Sabbah
  and other special guests

  Thursday, July 7 - 8:30 PM
  Ben Munisteri Dance Projects
  Marta Renzi & The Project Company

  Friday, July 8 - 7:00 PM
  Music and Film
  3rd Brazilian Art & Film Festival of NYC
  Gabriel O Pensador

  Saturday, July 9 - 7:00 PM
  Music and Film
  3rd Brazilian Art & Film Festival of NYC
  Nacao Zumbi

  Sunday, July 10 - 3:00 PM
  Blind Boys of Alabama
  Citizen Cope
  The Royal Wylds

  Friday, July 15 - 7:00 PM
  Shelby Lynne
  Alana Davis

  Saturday, July 16 - 3:00 PM
  Celebrate New Orleans
  Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
  Donald Harrison & New Mardi Gras Sound
  Rebirth Brass Band
  Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

  Sunday, July 17 - 3:00 PM
  Giant Step 15th Anniversary
  Femi Kuti
  Brazilian Girls
  Presented in association with Giantstep

  Thursday, July 21 - 7:30 PM
  Upright Citizens Brigade

  Friday, July 22 - 8:30 PM
  Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
  presents Another Evening.

  Saturday, July 23 - 3:00 PM
  Dance for Peace
  Astral Projection
  DJ Amir

  Sunday, July 24 - 3:00 PM
  Global Family Day!
  Dan Zanes & Friends
  Batoto Yetu

  Wednesday, July 27 - 7:30 PM
  Ha Jin
  National Book Award winner Ha Jin will read from his third full-
  length novel War Trash (Vintage). An interview with the author will
  follow the reading.

  Thursday, July 28 & Friday, July 29 - 8:30 PM
  The Balanchine Legacy

  Saturday, July 30 - 3:00 PM
  The Sun Ra Arkestra, directed by Marshall Allen
  plus Special Guests
  DJ Spooky, curator

  Sunday, July 31 - 3:00 PM
  Lila Downs
  Maria del Mar Bonet
  Las Ondas Marteles

  Thursday, August 4 - 7:30 PM
  Word & Music
  Patti Smith
Janet Hamill & Morning Star

Friday, August 5 - 7:00 PM
Pianos in the Park
Brad Mehldau
Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
Eric Lewis

Saturday, August 6 - 3:00 PM
  Coheed and Cambria
  Presented in association with LAMC

  Sunday, August 7 - 3:00 PM
  M.I.A. with Diplo & special guests
  DJ Rekha, curator

  Thursday, August 11 - 8:30 PM
  Trisha Brown Dance Company presents three original pieces
  choreographed by noted Artistic Director Trisha Brown: Astral
  Convertible (1989), PRESENT TENSE (2003), and Geometry of Quiet
  (2002). Dancers in the Company include: Neal Beasley, Sandra
  Grinberg, Hyun Jin Jung, Leah Morrison, Brandi Norton, Cori
  Olinghouse, Todd Stone, Stacy Matthew Spence, and Katrina Thompson.

  Saturday, August 13 - 3:00 PM
  Yolanda Adams
  A.R.C. Choir
  Nuttin' but Stringz

  Sunday, August 14 - 3:00 PM
  Barrington Levy
  Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
  DJ Eddie Stats


May 19, 2005 in Music | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

151 Rivington

NYC Bar151 Rivington Street - Decent dark and happening basement bar on Rivington in Lower East Side that packs out about midnight. Think 'rock'. At the weekend a DJ spins from a single turntable at the end of the bar.

Doesn't have a sign on the door. Look out for smokers hanging outside. (Feb 18/04)

UPDATE FEB 11th 05: Still the cool little rocky place that I remember. Avoid drinking too many shots of vodka with your beer.

Places To Go After 151
Check out the fun but trashy drinking den Johnsons at 123 Rivington
Get yourself up to Ludlow or Orchard Street for a bit of a bar crawl

Guy's Diary posts about 151

February 15, 2005 in Bar, Lower East Side, Music | Permalink | Comments (16) | TrackBack


57 Pearl Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Halcyon used to reside on Brooklyn's Smith Street where you could sit back and relax in this bar/cafe/record shop. Even the vintage furniture you sat on was for sale.

Now they've moved to DUMBO and with only a record and small 'lifestyle goods' offering. But the store's still worth a visit. There's an amazing mural on the brickwork outside and check the funky interior!

Subway: F to York St.

718.260.WAXY (9299)


October 10, 2004 in Brooklyn, Cafe, Dumbo, Music | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Thom Bar

NYC hotel bar60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012 - The upstairs bar in the Thompson Hotel is a good stop by and I've been to some great nights there and there's oftne a DJ in the corner. Cool grown up crowd that's not afraid to party.

Thom also does food - here's the menu
Price range: $$$$ (more than $45)

Guy's Diary posts about Thom Bar

February 18, 2004 in Hotel Bar, Music, Soho | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack