Starting off early, my "out of town" friends and I met at the Bowery Ballroom. My niece, Emily and three of her friends wanted to go to see Little Jackie. But as it is an 18+ club, they could only get in by being on the label list, and accompanied by an adult. (Thankfully for Emily and her friends - age, not maturity is the requirement!) Emily and her buddies went to the front immediately, while we hung back. Towards the end of the show when she sang "The World Should Revolve," I moved up to the front with them. As I told Emily and her friend, Claire, there are two very important things to learn early in life - how to get a bar seat and how to get to the front of a crowded show... The picture above, terrible and blurry as it may be, was from the show. She's obviously got some retro in her - from a few different generations. Her "backup singers" and their moves were reminiscent of the Supremes, while she's also got some retro soul going on. All in all, she's absolutely adorable, has great stage presence and puts on a fun show.
Afterwards the three of us headed down to Bacaro on Division Street. It was supposed to be pouring out and wanted to go somewhere I knew we could walk to quickly. My sister had told me they had a great bar. It wasn't what I imagined, but the place was very cute, as was the bartender, so we were all very happy. Mellow, good lighting, good tunes. Food was delicious too. After sharing a bunch of appetizers, a few entrees and a few rounds of drinks, I was beat so we decided to called it a relatively early evening... My friends wanted to absorb more of the city before heading back to Europe today, so I joined them on a long walk back to my place, ending up walking on a few blocks I don't think I'd ever been on - after almost 20 years here in NYC... I don't spend all that much time in this neighborhood, but when I do, I'm always amazed at how much it has changed over the years. Same sort of vibe, but just a bit different - new, richer and more populated - like the rest of the ever evolving neighborhoods in the city. In the end, that early evening ended up to be another late one.