Hello there all you neighborbees.. This is Alexis signing in, and I’m back to share with you some noteworthy things going on in and around my neighborhood. Some other things besides restaurant reviews that you will see on this blog are reviews of bands, shows, etc. I love to go see live music, comedy shows, etc. and it’s been a busy month for me. I think I’ve been to 4 shows in the past two weeks.
So, one of my favorite venues these days is Highline Ballroom. They have general admission, but a big plus is they have tables where you can sit, enjoy a great view, and order food and drinks. They have some decent fare on their menu like popcorn with truffle butter and sliders, a personal fave. It’s great because inevitably you end up waiting an hour or so for the opening band to do their thing, set up, etc, before the actual band you’re there to see comes out. My advice is to get there early and snag the first table on the right in front of the stage right next to the DJ turntables. Some of my all time favorite shows have been there: KT Tunstall and SIA.
The last concert I saw there was last weekend, and the artist was Si Se. I didn’t really know much of her music, but decided to go because I like this venue and I’ve heard some of her Brazilian style music on-line. The concert was fun. There were many devoted fans there singing along, and the artist’s mother was standing right next to me, so she spent a lot of time on my side of the stage. All in all, a fun show.
2 weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out Yael Naim at Bowery Ballroom. People might recognize her song, New Soul, which is on the new Mac Air commercial. This was an excellent show, and she did her cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic on the piano. Very nice indeed..She’s a rising star and I imagine she’ll be huge very soon.
Then, I went to see Beth Orton this past Monday at Hiro Ballroom. Though the doors opened at 7PM and the show was to start at 8PM, I arrived at 7:30 and I was waiting on line till about 8:15. Slightly annoying, but it was warm out so it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t realize that the show was entirely acoustic, which isn’t necessary a bad thing, but for me it was a bit slow and boring. Sorry Beth, you’re adorable, but I had to leave after an hour… snooze.
That’s all for now my attentive bees… I’ll be back soon with more suggestions of where to eat, drink, and be merry.