Every Tuesday night Jay Goettelmann and Wes Verhoeve (Liberated Matter Entertainment) take over the Apocalypse Lounge. Singers, songwriters, musicians and scenesters spill out onto 3rd Street creating a feel we can only imagine was going on below 14th Street when Gothamist wasn't quite old enough to walk yet.
Cross-Pollination is the name of the weekly event that takes NYC's finest singer/songwriters and ultimately puts them together on stage for a collaborative set. At it's core it is a pedastal to see what one might not see otherwise. It's original and simple and somehow manages to make us nostalgic for something we can't possibly feel nostalgia for.
The evening begins with a beat style poem to kick off the music that will follow. The "jazz-back-intro-poem" is reminiscent of the ones Mike Myers does in So I Married an Axe Murderer (quite possibly one of his best films, but that's a whole other post), and is written and read by a charismatic Jay Goettelmann.
The promoters break the night down for us as follows:
At the conclusion of the "jazz-back", two solo sets are played by an eclectic range of stand-out artists. Following these 45-minute sets. The two featured performers join each other on stage for a short set (3-5 songs) of pre-rehearsed collaborative material. The night is capped by the so-called "Dessert Set," which traditionally features artists with a humorous, or performance art bent which intends to share and embrace the beautiful diversity within the scene.
Goettelmann describes what transpires as "one-time art," and we don't think it can really be described in any other way. Gothamist attended the event last week, a bit of a diversion from our normal scene, and we found it to be inspirational and just plain old...fun. So get over to the Apocalypse Lounge tonight, or any Tuesday, and soak up the scene, the music and the $3 beers.
The Apocalypse Lounge is located @ 189 E 3rd St (btw Aves A & B)
Show starts @ 8:30 and there is no cover
[photography by Wes Verhoeve]