New paintings by Espresso 77's own Afzal Hossain.
Bob Smith and Ken Hughes are the music teachers at P.S. 69 where Huw Gower has been an artist in residence for twenty years.
Please join us for an evening of acoustic guitars, upright bass and three part harmonies. We’ll create an eclectic mix of blues, folk, rock, New Orleans, fiddle tunes, rags and, very likely, some Beatles.
Mike Tedesco is a pianist/singer-songwriter from Torrington, Connecticut currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by legendary musicians such as Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews, Ray Charles, Jeff Buckley, and Thelonious Monk, (and his most recent favorite composer/genius/rapper, Lin-Manuel Miranda),
Tedesco is a storyteller. His soulful music is infused with jazz, rock, and classical elements that carry the listener through a journey of life’s most pivotal moments.
American-made, Country-Infused Memphis Blues and Rock and Roll!
Open mic sign up: Starts at 6:30
Open mic reading: Begins at 7pm
Featured reader: Begins between 7:45 and 8pm
There’s a 3 minute limit on the open mic, which is open to poetry or prose (about 3 double-spaced pages), fiction or nonfiction.
About this month's featured author:
Queens born and bred, Maria Lisella is the sixth winner in the competition for Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018 and the first Italian American. She is the author of the collection, Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), and two chapbooks Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). She is a CUNY alum of Queensborough Community College and Queens College; and earned a Master's at NYU-Polytechnic in Specialized Journalism. She did not follow a straight trajectory from Queens to the 62 countries she visited however, and will share that journey with you. Her recent essay, Shades, Color and Internal Dialogues in White America appears in the anthology, What Does it Mean to Be White in America? edited by Gabreille David and Sean Frederick Forbes published by 2LeafPress. She is on the Board of the Italian American Writers Association and co-curates its readings, the longest running literary series in Greenwich Village. Additionally, she is vice president of the educational organization, the Vito Marcantonio Forum. She is currently a New York Expert for USA TODAY and heads the social media committee for the New York Travel Writers Association.
Indie Rock that cuts loose...With a hint of twang, a dose of prog, a dash of classic rock...
The Concentrics' unique sound ranges over territory common to My Morning Jacket, Uncle Tupelo Radiohead, Guided by Voices and others, while classic rock breaks in through the window. Featuring members of The Old Nationals and the MG-3s, The Concentrics strike that elusive balance between well crafted songs and the impulse to cut loose and stretch out.
Song by song, Jonny Meyers is catching up with the traditions left quietly behind in his native Forest Hills – the small hub of Queens, which provided the breeding grounds for legendary songwriters like Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, and the founding members of The Ramones. Meyers’s catalogue to date is a careful blend of romance and consciousness that reflects the lyrical, topical, and raw emotional traces of his predecessors.
Vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu performs with a repertoire ranging from traditional to contemporary jazz.
Eung Ho Park was born in Woonchun, South Korea and received his BFA from Pratt Institute. He has exhibited at Exit Art, the Drawing Center, the Sculpture Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art, Long Island University, DM Contemporary, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, and Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles. Park has created a permanent sculpture for PS 270 in Queens, New York. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, and other publications. He lives in Jackson Heights Queens and maintains a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Justine Reyes lives and works in New York. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and a BFA from Syracuse University in 2000. Reyes has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including Proyecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennial, Cuba; Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey; Queens International 4 at The Queens Museum of Art, the S-Files Biennial at El Museo del Barrio, the Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Women in Art Photography and the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto. She was an artist in residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2008 and exhibited the series Vanitas there in 2010. Reyes was awarded the Juror’s Choice Award from Center’s project competition, a workspace residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and Visiting Scholar status at New York University. She was also a recipient of a QCAF grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for her series Home, Away from Home and was named one of PDN’s (Photo District News) Top 30. Her work has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Real Simple and the Wall Street Journal Magazine.
Jazz flute and guitar
The Gypsy Jazz Lads are three fellows who perform old school gypsy jazz and swing in the style of Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles.
Smith was part of the New Wave/Punk Scene in NYC, fronting two bands (The N.DoDo Band and Didus and the Fabulous Mascarenes). From 1976-78, he produced over fifty shows of music, poetry, art and dance, at his iconic NYC performance loft: The Gegenschein Vaudeville Placenter. In each of his artistic endeavors—and over the years there have been many—Smith has remained a champion of expression beyond labels or establishment.
Acoustic Americana rock, blues & roots.
Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino play son jarocho music from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. They get inspiration from the urban life of New York City, fusing the traditional with the modern and creating a unique style of their own.
Son jarocho is the traditional dance and music from southern Veracruz, Mexico. The genre has its roots in Spanish music and a mixture of Afro-Caribbean and Mexican sounds.
The fandango is a community celebration accompanied with son jarocho. The tarima (a wooden dance platform) is the center of a party that involves musicians, poets, and dancers. Traditional songs played at fandangos include la bamba, el cascabel, la morena, el zapateado, el aguanieve, el siquisiri.
Homeboy Steve thinks that there's one or two good songs left that haven't already been written and he presents his attempts to write and perform them accompanied by his guitar.
Delicious blend of Acoustic Rock and Latin Jazz on a sizzling plate sprinkled with flavors of Modern Folk and Blues
"Song after song brings sultry beats, dreamy chords, melodies you can drift away on, and that warm voice" -Jennifer Layton, www.indie-music.com
Os Clavelitos is an "American Samba" band based in New York City, who creates original music combining traditional Brazilian rhythms (samba, baiao, bossa nova, and frevo) with English lyrics. With band members from Brazil, Japan, and the U.S., the six piece ensemble celebrates Brazil's rich musical heritage, while incorporating their eclectic performing backgrounds in "Latin", indie, jazz, pop, and folkloric styles.
Mimi Oz is working on her 2nd full length album due to be released this summer titled "Men Who Never Loved Me", an eclectic bunch of love songs, failed romances, obsessions and hilarious discoveries.
Her first album was produced by Sir "Bob Wiseman", Canadian funny-man and accomplished songwriter/producer titled, "Three Of Swords". The album is a journey through love betrayal and heartbreak bringing one to a greater understanding of life, renewing a sense of purpose and creative passion.
Ryan Shapiro is a Queens based songwriter who blends classic sounds with edge of modern songwriting styles.