Archive for May, 2012

Monday Night Wrap-Up: Memorial Day 2012

Posted on: May 28th, 2012 by Somer

RANDOM NOTES FOR NIGHT:

  • As usual, holiday Mondays are shorter, but completely ridiculous and fun.
  • Jon Berger is about to kill himself with that chair.
  • Why does it seem like the wooden stools procreated over the weekend?
  • We need a series of sound bites that tell us “what number we’re on.”
  • Neesa Sunar is a brilliant. (sic)
  • Gabriel Levitt in the house?!?!?
  • Late night visit from Drew Blood!

THE PERFORMER LIST:

Bee K
Phoebe Blue
Anya Skidan
No Johns
Deadbeat
Jon Berger
Fred
Ellen Winter
“J”
Miranda
Mall
Shak
Bryan Vergara
Leora
John Murdock
Francesca & Lewis
Matthew Demello
Jack Cyanide
Matthew Silver
Gina
Ben Pagano
Page Stiering
Jon Reichel
Blanket Stealers
Felix
Natalie Rose
Nick Nitty
Englewood
Jayden Love
Obed
Kem
Beau Alessi
Neesa Sunar
Michael Donahue
Catherine Anderson
AAron Lindenberg
Ashley Almon
J.R.
Thomas
Alex P
Drew Blood

BEE K’S SETLIST
Magic Bird
Screen
Bird in Pain
Lightning Man
Chief of Command

TEA TIME ATTENDANCE:
Bryan Vergara
Alex P
Deadbeat
Maggie Nutall
Neesa Sunar
Jon Berger
Hovav
Bee K
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We started a bit late tonight while I was troubleshooting a power issue. I got a boo-boo while trying to unplug some things. Only scroll down if you’re not squeamish! You’ve been warned!

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Dashan Coram, 1981-2012

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 by Somer 5 Comments

by Jonathan Berger

The world just lost a small visionary; Dashan Coram is gone. The specifics of how this young man passed are less important than the fact that the AntiFolk community – as well as many other communities – are now without a distinctive and compassionate voice. It’s a small comfort to know that he died in his sleep, but a sad moment for many to lose such an artist – and friend – so young.

Coram was important to the budding creativity of lots of people around our community. He was a leader of Huggabroomstik, Urban Barnyard, and Friends with Benefits. He founded Secret Salamander, but was exceptionally communal in his shows. He clearly had a belief that art was for everyone, and encouraged all those around him to be creative. He was a catalyst, and a community leader, and will be missed.

Showing up at the Sidewalk around 2003, Coram had a penchant for not sitting in chairs, but balling himself up in the back part of the room, while viewing the open mic. He would make himself, seemingly, as small as possible, and soak in whatever the room had to offer.

He released a compilation album of acts that he was involved with, including usual like Dibs, Yoko Kikuchi, and Huggabroomstik, but also AntiFolk founder Lach with his band, the Secrets. He supported acts when he could, notably playing weird guitar parts in a cool version of Prewar Yardsale during one exceptional OJ All Day.

After forming Urban Barnyard, he eventually quit the group, but continued to support the band that once was his. When he left New York for love, his bands (Urban Barnyard and Huggabroomstik) continued on without him, perhaps a testament to the community involvement he engendered, leaving people pumped by his initial vision, and willing to keep it up after his time. His legacy was secure when he moved out of the city. With that sort of spirit, it’s pretty certain that Dashan will remain a vital and integral part of our lives forever – despite the recent turn of events.

MELODICA NYC III @ Sidewalk Cafe – May 12 & 13

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 by Somer

The Third NYC Melodica Music Festival is coming to Sidewalk this weekend, and boy are we psyched. Check out the line-up below and visit www.melodicafestival.org for more info on Melodica NYC and Melodica festivals around the world!

SATURDAY, MAY 12th, 5pm-1am

5:00 The Lost Shores
5:40 Jason Zucker
6:20 Elliot Rayman
7:00 Kendy Gable
7:40 Card Stock (New Hampshire)
8:20 Liz Hanley
9:00 Daniel Jon (Melodica Reykjavik, Iceland)
9:40 Names of War
10:20 Free Advice
11:00 Anthony da Costa
11:40 Margaret Glaspy
12:20 Molly Ruth

SUNDAY, MAY 13th, 5:30pm-11:300m
Bring yo Mamma for Mother’s Day!
Blackout Acoustic Night

5:30 Past Perfect (Melodica Aarhus, Denmark)
6:00 Ellen Adams
6:30 Scott Rudd
7:00 Rachel Laitman
7:30 Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons
8:00 Dewey & The Decimals
8:30 Lawrence & Leigh
9:00 Gann Matthews
9:30 Bird Courage
10:00 Tall Tall Trees
10:30 Alex P. & The Shoestring Revue
11:00 Tamsin

Performer Info: Monday Night Open Stage

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012 by Somer

Sign-up at 7:30pm.
Performances begin at 8pm.

Sidewalk provides:
1 upright piano
3 microphones
2 direct inputs for instruments
CD and iPod-playing capabilities

Logistics:

  • We go until everyone has played (often well past midnight).
  • Performers are welcome to do anything onstage: music, comedy, poetry, dance, meditate, etc. It is your time!
  • Performers play two songs or 8 minutes, which ever comes first.
  • There is a One Song Wonder Round during the night where, for 1 hour, everyone plays 1 song/4-minutes so that we can move things along.
  • At sign-up, everyone draws random numbers. Showing up before 7pm is not necessarily.
  • Showing up late is not recommended. 7:30pm, please!
  • The host’s name is Ben.
  • Please observe the “one something minimum.” Food/drink items start around $2. No one is turned away because of this, but we cannot exist without your support and will give you the evil eye if you don’t purchase something. Thanks!

Sidewalk Cafe Presents – DEAD RESIDENTS

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by Somer

Sidewalk Cafe Presents – DEAD RESIDENTS

A Thursday, “dead”-of-the night residency series at Sidewalk kicks off this week, May 3. The Dead Resident series features some of Sidewalks most talented and beloved artists. Each performer will play for three consecutive weeks, with the residency start dates staggered so that no two lineups are alike. The 90-minute Thursday event will start at 11pm. Performance order will be random. You are encouraged to stop by and have their minds blown!

UPCOMING DATES:
May 3 – Jon Berger – Dave Deporis – The Bee Keeper
May 10 – Jon Berger – Debe Dalton – The Bee Keeper
May 17 – Jon Berger – Debe Dalton – Brian Fitzousa
May 24 – Neesa Sunar – Debe Dalton – Brian Fitzousa
May 31 – Neesa Sunar – Charles Mansfield – Brian Fitzousa
June 7 - Neesa Sunar – Charles Mansfield – Meaner Pencil
June  14 - TBA – Charles Mansfield, Meaner Pencil