Past Events



SUNDAY, October 28, 2018:
2:00-4:00 Word Cabaret “Fantastically Ekphrastic!”
4:00-5:45 Affordable Art Auction

SATURDAY, October 27, 2018:
2:00-5:00 SICC Spoken Word: The Elephant in the Room


SATURDAY, October 13, 2018:
2:00-3:00 Special Performance: Fode Sissoko of Senegal

SUNDAY, October 7, 2018:
2:00-4:00 Jazz Foundation Presents Ellis the Nazarene 
4:00-5:30 Word Cabaret Speculative Visions: Futuristic Fiction

SATURDAY, October 6th, 2018:
1:00-1:45 Lindsey Wilson & The Human Heart Trio
2:00-3:30 Paula Jeanine Bennett
4:00-5:00 Val Kinzler’s NYC Women Who Rock: Chix ‘N Axe


SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018:
2:00-4:00 Jazz Foundation Presents Pianist Rafik Williamson
4:00-5:45 Affordable Art Auction

2:00-5:00 SICC Spoken Word “Words Across Bridges”


SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018:
2:00-3:00 Myrna and the Bulldog
3:00-5:00 Allegic to Bs

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018:
2:00-5:00 Val Kinzler & Friends: Alt Americana; Music for the Heart of Hearing


SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018:
2:00-4:00 Jazz Foundation Presents Pianist Roy Meriwether

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018:
2:00-5:00 SICC Spoken Word

2:00-5:00 Violizzy & Friends
10:00 AM – BWalk – Annual Fundraiser

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018:
2:00-3:00 John Kessel/Mystery Band
3:00-5:00 Madame Please

2:00-4:00 Accordions on the Waterfront

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018:
2:00-5:00  SPECIAL EFFECTS: Pedals and Loopers at BWAC
with Spaghetti Eastern Music, Kyle Rogers, Josh Wakesberg.
A special presentation of performances by adventurous musicians who
use effects pedals, samples, synths, and loops to sculpt sound.

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018:
2:00-3:30   FILM SCREENINGS: Dead Horse Bay: New York’s Hidden Trove of Trash
 - Q&A with Gerard Barbot follows;
and Making Art From Junk – Q&A after with artist David Hoffman via Skype.

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 (MOTHERS DAY Celebration):
2:00-3:00 Myrna and the Bulldog
3:00-4:00 Mitch Distefano
4:00-4:30 Paul Jeanine Bennett & One Village Choir – Interactive Performance

1:45-3:45  Richard X Bennett & RXB5
4:00-5:00  Zoe Over Zero


2:00-3:00  NYOBS with Sal Cataldi
3:00-4:00  3 TEENS KILL 4
4:00-5:00   WORD CABARET – “Shudder Stop”

See here for detail on performances and Word Cabaret.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018:
1:45-2:15    SPAGHETTI EASTERN MUSIC with Sal Cataldi
2:30-3:00  The Frank Museum Project
3:15-3:45   Malcolm Smart
4:00-4:30  Philip F. Clark
4:30-5:00  Hilary Sideris
5:00-5:30  Anton Yakovlev
5:30-6:00  Don Yorty

See here for details on each performer.












Sat 0414 200 NYOBS sq bw


2:00-3:00 NYOBS are Peter Cramer, John Michael Swartz, Jack Waters, MikeCacciatore, and special guests. An alternative experimental free association“kitchen“ band born at Punk Island 2014. From trance lyrics to primal screams, NYOBS pierces the restive soul with mind-blowing inducements of tonal & aural synth-esthesia.


Sat 0414 300 3 Teens Kill 4 sq bw

3:00-4:00 3 Teens Kill 4 was founded in the East Village in 1980. Members included Brian (Hattie Hathaway) Butterick, David Wojnarowicz, Jesse Hultberg, Julie Hair, Doug Bressler, and Bill Gerstel. Their 1982 album, No Motive, was re-released last year by Dark Entries Records. Julie, Brian, and Doug, 3 of the 4 surviving members of 3 Teens will perform new and old songs.,,


Sat 0414 400 WordCabaret sq bw




4:00-5:00 Word Cabaret presents “Shudder Stop”, written by John Francis Istel, inspired by the photography and writings of David Wojnarowicz. Directed by Courtney L. Wetzel – Word Cabaret opens its 2018 season with a staged reading of Shudder Stop, a “snapshot script” by John Francis Istel consisting of verbal tableaux inspired by the texts and images of writer, artist, and photographer David Wojnarowicz, and others. Word Cabaret’s reading, directed by Courtney L. Wetzel, will be presented in conjunction with and in honor of the exhibition “Painting to Survive,” a group exhibition of 12 artists active during the initial onslaught of AIDS in America ( The performance is one component of a vibrant slate of poetry and music that will run in conjunction with this exhibition at BWAC.

Wojnarowicz (1954-1992), for whom the Whitney offers a major retrospective in May, was influenced by the AIDS epidemic that claimed the life of his partner, photographer Peter Hujar. Much of his artwork and many of his writings were deeply influenced by his lover’s passing from AIDS. In fact, Wojnarowicz’s efforts to represent Hujar’s death included filming his lifeless body on Super-8 and taking still life photos of his face, hands, and feet. Wojnarowicz exclaimed, “his death is now as if it’s printed on celluloid on the backs of my eyes.” Shudder Stop attempts to resurrect their relationship through the medium of live performance, a shameless shamanistic effort to reassert the sanctity of all love and life, furthering Wojnarowicz’s project of making the vilified visible, even amid the devastation wrought by so much untimely death. Director Courtney Wetzel and an ensemble of professional actors will stage the script, assembled by Word Cabaret curator John Francis Istel.







 Sun 0318 145pm Spaghetti Eastern Music sq bw

1: 45 Spaghetti Eastern Music is the solo project of NYC/Saugerties-based guitarist, keyboardist and singer Sal Cataldi. Cataldi fuses Eastern beat, blues, techno and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with gentle acoustic vocal tunes and looping, straight out of the John Martyn/Nick Drake songbook. Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “a wide ride” by Radio Woodstock, “beautiful ad unique” by WFUV’s Mixed Bag “triumphantly funkified” by UPI and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel. His critically-acclaimed new album “Sketches of Spam” is available on iTunes, CD Baby and more.


 Sun 0318 230pm Frank Museum Project sq bw

2:30 The Frank Museum Project Frank’s Museum, a stand out of the late 80s / early 90s downtown art and performance oriented music scene of the time, started with a name: no band, no songs, no gigs. Just the name. Frank’s Museum.  “Musically it conjured up the concept of band as art project,” said Frank Ruscitti, who put the band together. “I had an idea what the sound would be, ‘the Museum.’ I wanted to gather some musicians and give them each a ‘wing’ so to speak, into what that sound would be.” A call was put out to musicians’ friends. A dozen or so showed up at that first rehearsal. “I remember someone saying, “it’s an orchestra!”, said Frank. “There I was going “No, no. It’s a museum!”  For over ten years Frank’s Museum pressed, cajoled, and exhausted its audiences. RJ Smith wrote in the Village Voice, “I have seen Frank lead a conga line through a club and I am better because of it!” In the early days, the members were interchangeable, but the core was always the same: Frank Ruscitti, Rossi Bright, and Bop Monroe. The band solidified half-way through its existence, adding Malcolm Smart on bass, Sal Cataldi on guitars, and Doug Hitchcock and David Donen on drums, releasing a well-reviewed CD entitled “Make Coffee, Not War.” Harvey Pekar reviewed the album for an Austin Newspaper and gave it four stars. The band broke up but reformed ten years later as the Frank Museum Project, featuring Smart, Cataldi, Donen, aided by the keyboard talents of JR Rost, John Piccolo. The band plays a random gig every couple of years.


 Sun 0318 315pm Malcolm Smart sq bw

3:15 Malcolm SmartEducated in the English pop song tradition of Ray Davies, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Malcolm’s tunes are sometimes funny songs of lost love (never his fault, of course), sometimes angry political rants or perhaps an observation of the mundane through his blurry bi­focals.



 Sun 0318 400 Philip F Clark sq bw

4:00 Philip F. Clark is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in English at City College, New York, where he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry in 2016. His debut poetry collection, ‘The Carnival of Affection, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2017. It won the Jerome Lowell Dejur Award for Poetry in 2016. His poems have been published in Assaracus Journal, The Good Men Project, Poetry in Performance, Atomic Theory Press, The HIV+ Here and Now Project, and most recently in the anthology, ‘Transition: Poems in the Aftermath,’ published by Indolent Books. His poetry reviews and interviews have been published in Lambda Literary, and The Conversant. His poetry blog is The Poet’s Grin, which can be seen at


 Sun 0318 430 Hilary Sideris sq bw

4:30 Hilary Sideris is a Greek/Irish American poet. She has published four chapbooks and two full-length collections, Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). She lives in Brooklyn and works as a curriculum developer for The City University of New York’s CUNY Start program, an alternative to traditional remedial courses for underserved / underprepared students. She has B.A. in English literature from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


 Sun 0318 500 Anton Yakovlev sq bw

5:00 Anton Yakovlev latest poetry collection is Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Prelude, Measure, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books.



Sun 0318 530 Don Yorty sq bw

5:30 Don Yorty is a poet and garden activist who helped win the battle to establish community gardens in the East Village, NYC. His poetry collections include A Few Swimmers Appear and Poet Laundromat, and he has video-documented the work of hundreds of poets through his blog, His work appears in Little Caesar, Out of This World, An Anthology of the Poetry of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1966-1991, (Crown), LiVE MAG!, Literati Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, and others. His novel, What Night Forgets, was published by Herodias Press. He lives in New York City.



Sunday, May 21
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Fingers DelRey


Toby “Fingers” DelRey – pianist and songwriter: the songs combine Chicago and New Orleans influenced boogie-woogie barrelhouse piano reminiscent of Dr. John, Otis Span, and James Booker.

Fingers philosophy of music is based on the three “Ts“, SensualiTy, PersonaliTy, and HospitalTy:

HospitalTy:the music is fun, friendly, welcoming and easy to like.
PersonaliTy: strongly individualistic and easily identified from the 1st few notes
SensualiTy: because of the feeling of the grooves rocking you gently down below!

Sunday, May 21
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Famous Accordion Orchestra


Led by composer/accordionist Bob Goldberg, The Famous Accordion Orchestra is an accordion ensemble that bridges the traditional and the post-modern. The Orchestra’s repertoire covers a broad spectrum that includes Bach, Offenbach, Duke Ellington, Guy Klucevsek, Lars Hollmer, and Andy Statman, as well as original compositions and folk tunes from American, Balkan, Klezmer, Basque, and Italian traditions.

Saturday, May 20
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Cathy Crisci & Joe Pepe


Classically trained, Cathy Crisci has been a lead singer for the past 25 years. She is presently the vocalist for several NYC-based groups. Her disco, funk, soul and R&B band Luxe has held a residency at The Bohemian Hall & Garden since 2013. Crisci’s two acoustic duo acts are The Cheshire Cats (Paul Ryan, gtr) presenting classic rock hits with a bluesy edge, and Instant Gratification, (Ed Gonzales, gtr), boasting an eclectic assortment of songs from the 60s through the present. Crisci also fronts Tangerine, a Led Zeppelin cover band. Past projects include Quickfinger, a 80s hair metal tribute act, as well as other Astoria cover bands and original projects.

A songwriter and composer with an original project in the works, Crisci has a great love and appreciation for many genres of music and is proud to be a part of the Astoria music community. For the BWAC Performance Series, Cathy will be performing jazz standards with fellow friend and musician Joe Pepe, an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist. Pepe’s funk/psychedelic band Kabina is a downtown favorite; he also performs in several Astoria-based bands, including original rock band Dirty Wings.

Joe Pepe is a guitarist and composer living in Queens, New York, who has played for over 20 years, exploring in depth Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Country genres in both his original work and collaborations. Pepe is currently involved with many different musical projects, including Dirty Wings (rock, country-punk), Kabina (Jam, Funk, Jazz), as well as playing and co-producing original music with Doris Cellar. Pepe is pleased to play with Cathy Crisci for the BWAC music series.

Links for Cathy Crisci
Instant Gratification:



Links for Joe Pepe


Dirty WIngs:

Saturday, May 20
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Word Cabaret


Shake Your Windows and Rattle Your Walls

New Prophecy Inspired by Bob Dylan In tribute to the latest Nobel Literature Laureate who wrote: Come writers and critics / Who prophesize with your pen… The Times They Are A-Changin, Word Cabaret presents a reading featuring some recent poetry, prognostications and political pontifications by a variety of writers and artists inspired by the current battles that are “outside raging.”

Sunday, May 14
4:00 – 4:30 PM

Zac Messick


Zac Messick is a songwriter/musician/actor originally hailing from North Carolina where he studied Neuropsychology at Wake Forest University.

Zac currently lives in Brooklyn and focuses a lot of his time and energy on his current music project “Bug Street.” Zac’s music is inspired by many genres and and artists, but is most often described as “alternative folk,” or “progressive folk” for his use of time signature changes and existential subject matters. Bug Street recently released an album titled “Maps to Neverwhere,” which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and Bandcamp.

Sunday, May 14
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Raysa Cremona


Raysa Cremona’s emotional vocals, infectious energy, and sure sense of rhythm is an appealing combination. Raysa’s work is influenced by pop and rock styles, particularly strong female performers such as Adele, Christina Perri, Amy Winehouse and Avril Lavigne. Performing regularly at venues on the Lower East Side venues as well as Queens and Manhattan, she has recently produced and recorded her new single “Without you” in 2015 on studio.

Facebook Music Page-

Instagram – @raysacremona

Raysa Cremona – Without you (single)

Saturday, May 13
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Richard Bennett & RB5

Richard Bennett
Richard Bennett and his irreverent group of NY improvisers will perform selections from his upcoming Ropeadope Records release “Experiments With Truth” as well as other vital, groovalicious and transcendent tunes.

Richard Bennett – piano
Matt Parker – tenor sax
Lisa Parrott – bari sax
Adam Armstrong – bass
Mystery Guest – drums

“hypnotic” John Schaefer, WNYC
“adds a jazzy harmonic dimension to Indian ragas’ horizontally inclined structure.” Richard Gehr, Village Voice
“His playing is full of moments of lyricism, drama and decoration.” Raul da Gama, World Music Report
“The music hangs together with a kind of brilliance.” Gapplegate Music Review

In New York, composer/pianist Richard Bennett’s groups have performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rubin Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Central Park Summerstage. Internationally, he has toured over twenty countries as member of various jazz and blues ensembles. He has six albums on Indian labels including two from “Times Music”, India’s biggest label.

Saturday, May 13
1:00 – 5:00 PM

String Sculpture Installation with Materials for the Arts


String Sculpture
Come add to the giant installation string sculpture made of reused yarn, ribbon, and rope with NYC’s premier reuse facility, Materials for the Arts, a unit of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the creation of this sculpture during opening day of the juried Recycle 2017 exhibit, May 13th, from 1-5 p.m. Join in the fun!

Sunday, April 9th, 4:00 PM

ARTIST TALK – A Conversation with Gianni Lee & Dr. Ademola Olugebefola


Gianni Lee talks about the art in his exhibition ‘Why won”t you hear me?’ and Dr. Ademola Olugebefola has a conversation with Gianni Lee about Lee’s art and creative endeavors.



Sunday, October 16, 2:00 PM

Bertha Hope and the Bertha Hope Quartet


Pianist Bertha Hope’s contributions to mainstream and improvised musical idioms have made her elite among her peers. She and the Bertha Hope Quartet grace the BWAC stage for this, the final concert of the 2016 season.
Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America’s Gig Fund program, with support from the NEA and NYSCA.


Sunday, October 16, 4:00 PM

Silent Affordable Auction


Put in a winning bid at the Silent Affordable Auction (where bids start as low as $30).


Saturday, October 15, 2:00 PM

Dr. Ruth Richards, “New Routes To Creative Ideas”


Join Dr. Ruth Richards, professor, researcher, and writer on creativity (Editor of Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature) for an illustrated talk to explore three key paths to creating.  Best of all, we’ll hear from six amazing artists, all well known to BWAC: Evan Cordes, Anna Hagen, Judith Hooper, Russell Mehlman, John Strohbeen, and Tobi Zausner.  They will do cameos and take part in a later Q and A with you and Dr. Richards to share the “real story.” 


Saturday, October 15, 4:00 PM

The Word Cabaret

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Our favorite long-running Saturday reading series finishes with The Word Cabaret’s 2nd annual Ekphrastic Spectacular. Word Cabaret asked some favorite Brooklyn-based writers to create original pieces inspired by BWAC’s fall show, “Brooklyn Is….” For this “reading,” audience members gather and then literally walk off for a promenade production–or walking tour–through the gallery. Each tour makes 9 stops at various works to hear new stories, monologues, and poems in front of the art that that inspired them.  Artists whose work inspired the texts on the tour, include Jon Bunge, Marvin Fink, James Hanlon, Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff, Brian G. Keogh, Renee Radenberg, Syma, Ellie Winberg, and Shihori Yamamoto.

Grab your FREE tickets for one of three tours for Writers include award-winning poets David Tomas Martinez and Sally Wen Mao; playwrights Nathan Dobson, Cindy D. Hanson, Lindsay Joy and Padraic Lillis; and the filmmaking, dramtist poet husband and wife team of Lori and Tom Romero. Professional actors will peform their words in many cases, all under the direction of Courtney Wetzel.
The three tours on Saturday leave from the front of the 2nd floor gallery at 3:30, 4:15, and 5:00 pm; reserve the time of your choice through Eventbrite here.

The Word Cabaret reading series aims to celebrate and savor local talent and is curated by John Francis Istel.



Sunday, October 9, 2:00 PM

J.R. Rost


 A veteran of the downtown NYC music scene, J.R. returns to BWAC with his spectacular renditions of musical standards and his own brilliant songs.


Sunday, October 9, 4:00 PM

Sam Rasiotis and Rachel Swaner – Solidarity, Punk and Folk


Sam Rasiotis (vocalist and songwriter of the Astoria band Dirty Wings) performing with multi-instrumentalist Rachel Swaner (piano, accordion and ukelele in the bands R2, The Silbin Sandovar Review and Main Squeeze Orchestra.)  Sam and Rachel will be performing originals as well as punk rock and folk songs with an emphasis on songs of the labor movement.

Saturday, October 8, 2:00 PM

Sasha Kolontyrsky


A guitarist on the NYC jazz scene, bringing beauty to everyday life.   Hear Sasha’s music at



Saturday, October 8, 4:00 PM

The Word Cabaret, “Learning Curves”


BWAC’s long-running reading series, curated by John Istel.  For this installment, “Learning Curves,” educators O’Hagan Blades, Brett Burns, Raquel Goodison, Aimee Herman, Avram Kline, Danny Shot, Nicole Smith, and Tim Tomlinson will provide their perspectives.


Sunday, October 2, 2:00 PM

Tom Fitzpatrick & Jason Biggs



Tom and Jason brought down the house last spring with their group Fitz, Callan & Biggs, and now return to BWAC as a duo. Tom’s songs meld elements of rock, folk, country and blues, and you can hear them at completes the sound with his melodic fills and tasty solos.

Sunday, October 2, 4:00 PM

Victor Gurbo


“Roots revivalist Victor V. Gurbo and his four-piece backing band create original folk ballads infused with an Americana spirit. Recently voted the 2013 Brooklyn Borough Champion at WNYC & WQXR’s Battle of the Boroughs, Gurbo & Co. pay homage to the canon of American song and poetry with a raw, bluesy, foot-stomping sound that’s both classic and contemporary.”

- Brooklyn Academy of Music

See and hear performances by Victor at


Saturday, October 1, 2:00 PM

Zac Messick


Zac Messick, a Brooklyn-based songwriter originally from North Carolina, draws influence from a variety of genres and art forms. If you missed his brilliant performance this spring, here’s your chance to see and hear him.  You can listen to his music at


Saturday, October 1, 4:00 PM

The Repressions



BWAC welcomes the return of the irrepressible Repressions, NYC’s only art-therapy-funk-rock vaudeville band!  Their music is by weirdos, for weirdos, and you can check them out at


Sunday, September 25, 2:00 PM

Brandon Glasgow

Brandon Glasgow

Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Brandon Glasgow has been writing and performing for over 15 years from the west to the east coast. Influenced by a soul-infused cocktail of rock, pop, blues, and funk, his focus on songwriting and performance is evident in every one of his songs. He simply creates stories and melodies that audiences will connect with again and again.


Sunday, September 25, 4:00 PM

David Durrah

David Durrah

 Pianist David Durrah has had a long and varied career in jazz and blues.He got his start in Cleveland, backing up touring blues musicians like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Junior Parker, Bobby Blue Bland, and BB King, with whom he would work for several years. He appeared on legendary records of the ’70s jazz underground during periods living in Detroit (Marcus Belgrave, Kenny Cox, Doug Hammond) and LA (Henry Franklin, Calvin Keys). He has worked with many legends of jazz, including Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, Willie Bobo and Tito Puente. For this performance, his group will feature the alto saxophonist Harold Robinson and the vocalist Keith Dames. Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America’s Gig Fund program, with support from NYSCA and the NEA.



Saturday, September 24, 1:30 PM

Sal Cataldi/Rome 56

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Of Sal Cataldi, Time Out New York writes, “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims that Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.”


Of Rome 56, Wouter Meijer says, “When in the morning I’m woken up by a melody in my head – which happens about every morning – it’s very often an Arthur Lamonica song. That is the risk you willfully run when you listen to his contagious songs, regardless if it’s Mashville or any of the previous Rome 56 CDs. With Arthur Lamonica the Song is King, and he is a most valiant servant.”


Saturday, September 24, 3:30 PM

RB Quintet In Concert


Richard Bennett and his quintet will be playing music from their upcoming release, “The Raga & The Abstract Truth,” as well as other poignant and groovetastic music!

Sunday, August 14
2:00 PM
Final Show of the Summer Season

Matt Wiffen

Matt Wiffen

Matt is a New York City based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was born and raised in England. He draws influences from the British folk music revival as well as American roots, blues & country music.


Saturday, August 13
3:30 PM

Al Lee Wyer

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BWAC welcomes the return of Al Lee Wyer, one of the most original songwriters and performers on the planet, again playing his own provocative constructions as well as his brilliant interpretations of American standards.

Saturday, August 13
1:30 PM

Lisa Chloe

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“Playing bass and singing are not the easiest things to do, and doing them both well is rare. Now, add to that writing great songs, and you have a triple threat. Lisa Chloe is a triple threat: great songwriting, a beautiful voice, and bass playing so good that it would be enough all by itself! A very impressive combination by any measure!”

– Larry Hartke

Sunday, August 7
3:30 PM

Harry Oppenheimer

Harry Oppenheimer

Harry Oppenheimer has been playing Mountain Dulcimer for thirty years. He is a frequent performer at the Conference House Staten Island, the ETG Book Cafe, The Raritan Bay Festival, The Muddy Cup and The Perking Latte. In addition, he has played at numerous art exhibits and at the New Hope Art Festival. Employed by Historic Richmond town as a teacher, historical Interpreter and musician, he has been a workshop leader and performer at the 2014 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival and the 2015 Cranberry Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering.


Sunday, August 7
1:30 PM

Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks is an energetic and talented singer-songwriter whose music is a unique mixture of styles and sounds. You’ll hear shades of Broadway, New Orleans, Rock ‘n Roll, American popular standards, and even classical music in his finely crafted pop tunes. The lyrics tell stories of love and deception, celebration and pain.

Saturday, August 6
4:00 PM

The Word Cabaret

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Guest curator Charles Gariepy will host this installment of our favorite long-running spoken word series.



Saturday, August 6
1:30 PM

Ben Absurdo

Ben Absurdo

Astoria-based musician and writer Ben Absurdo (1/2 of The Repressions) melds poetry and anarchy into philosophy-punk over the white-hot furnace of his traumatized guitar.



Sunday, July 31
3:30 PM

Paula Jeanine and Richard Bennett

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Join vocalist, lyricist and percussionist Paula Jeanine Bennett and pianist and composer Richard Bennett for a set of original songs and the stories behind them. Partners in marriage and music, they will present works diverse in their inspiration – from Brazil to New Orleans – as well as several new songs from their recent collaborations. Backing them will be multi-faceted drummer/percussionist Kevin Sport.



Sunday, July 31
1:30 PM

John Keegan


John Keegan is an alternative/ indie rock, anti-folk singer/ songwriter from Astoria, Queens who comes to us with songs of love, loss, life and togetherness.


Saturday, July 30, 4:00 PM

The Word Cabaret Presents “Fatal Attractions”

Word Cabaret Fatal Attractions Poster

The Word Cabaret presents “Fatal Attractions,” a program of three riveting short plays: “Hangman,” by Gregory Fletcher, “Mergers and Acquisitions” by John Francis Istel, and “Noon Watch” by Lori Romero.


Saturday, July 30, 1:30 PM

Palma Mingozzi, “The Entitlement of the Soul”


Together with her daughter Francesca, Palma will present her new book of poetry and will take the audience on a journey of experience through life with a message of healing therapy through writing.

Sunday, July 24, 3:30 PM
“Working Class/Avant Garde”

An afternoon of today’s most experimental writers, who happen to work for a living. Their work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Hobart, THE FANZINE, NPR, Witch Craft Magazine, Luna Luna, Prelude, Hyperallergic, and Funhouse Magazine.

Sunday, July 24, 1:30 PM
“Boulevard Books Presents Five Writers”

Join authors Dennis Green, Peter Kearney, Jing Bao, Chris Spollen, Frank Vetro and Avi Gvili for an unforgettable afternoon of literary adventure.

Saturday, July 23, 3:30 PM
The Alvin Flythe Quartet

Alvin Wink Flythe, veteran of Little Jimmy Scott’s group the Fatback Band, presents a history of tenor sax featuring works associated with Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane.


Saturday, July 23, 1:30 PM
Nelly DuBarry

A luminary of the Astoria, Queens music scene, singer-songwriter Nelly DuBarry will perform a set of her powerful and haunting work.

Saturday, July 23, 1-6 PM

Opening Day and Artists’ Reception for Our Summer Show, Speak Your Truth!

2016 final postcards BWAC

Opening Day for COLOR, Our Current National Juried Art Show!

2016 final postcards BWAC


SATURDAY,  May 7th:

Meet the Artists  Opening Reception, 1-6PM

1:00 PM


Sal Cataldi’s Spaghetti Eastern Music

Time Out New York writes, “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and
hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims that Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.”

2:30 PM


BWAC longtime friend Paula Jeanine Bennett sings and swings with her topnotch classic jazz ensemble, The Spring is Here Quartet – guitarist Masami Ishikawa,
Red Hook bassist Adam Armstrong and pianist Richard Bennett.

Whether as a leader of her own ensembles or as a musician on a team in a variety of the arts, Paula consistently brings her vision to all proceedings. She has performed internationally on stages from Morocco to India to Java and at the opening ceremony of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summit for Peace in Assisi, Italy.

2 – 6 PM


Participants will be invited to help build and play a giant xylophone made out of the kinds of reusable materials distributed by Materials for the Arts. Everyone can tie objects such as plastic bottles, hardware, and more into a large frame and then proceed to play on it using available drumsticks, joining in a collaborative reuse orchestra.

It will be constructed from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on May 7th, and will be left up for others to play on the following day, Sunday, May 8th.


SUNDAY, May 8th

3 PM


Whitney Marchelle Jackson

UnPlugged in Red Hook concert with international singer, songwriter, educator, recording artist Whitney Marchelle Jackson, an award-winning international performing, recording, songwriting, and educational artist. Her new CD, DigDis, is on the BluJazz record label.


SATURDAY,  May 14th:
3 PM


UnPlugged in Red Hook concert with Segal & Fahey.
David Segal (piano) and Seth Fahey (bass) have been playing straight ahead jazz together for almost 30 years. They have played with Billy Kaye and the late Jimmy Vas, and the late Clarence “C” Sharpe.


SUNDAY,  May 15th:
1 PM


Rome 56

“You can just feel the eccentric vibe through the microphone. I can see Hunter S. Thompson sitting front row at one of these shows. Rome 56 is vintage yet new. It is yellow and weathered yet crisp and fresh. I love the old and new feeling almost as if it’s been refurbished.” — Megan Gazzo

3 PM


Jim Petrie is a New York based guitarist, singer and writer of songs that are a bit country, bit folky, bit bluesy, and bit rock ‘n roll; all played with a classical guitarist’s touch.

SATURDAY,  May 21st:
1–5 PM


New York storyteller Marty Kleinman has assembled his dream-team of spoken word artists – the area’s finest and most engaging published writers including Honor Molloy, Terence Degnan, Kate Cantrill, Mellini Kantayya, Dan Kleinman, Lauren Belsk, Nicole Callihan, Charlie Vasquez, Amanda Tiller, Jack Wilson, Jimmy Newell, Martin Kleinman.

SUNDAY,  May 22nd:
1:30 PM


 UnPlugged in Red Hook concerts with Malcom Smart whose tunes are sometimes funny songs of lost love (never his fault, of course), sometimes angry political rants or perhaps an observation of the mundane through his blurry bifocals.

3:30 PM


Al Lee Wyer

With his thicker-than-water Brooklyn accent, his storytelling, whether through song or through his long spoken word segments in between, is humorous to the extreme.


SATURDAY,  May 28th:
1:30 PM


Originally from Baltimore, Zach Henry is a folk-rock singer/songwriter whose tunes, distinguished by rich melodies and lyric vulnerability, are strongly influenced by The Beatles, Neil Young, Conor Oberst, Wilco, and Ween. Zac Messick, a Brooklyn-based songwriter originally from North Carolina, draws influence from a variety of genres and art forms.

3:30 PM


Photographer J.R Rost is also an American musical treasure, harkening back to ancient times on the 1980′s NYC club music scene.


 SUNDAY,  May 29th:
1:30 PM


Fitz, Callan & Biggs
Tom Fitzpatrick, Trevor Callan and Jason Biggs meld elements of rock, folk, country and blues into their music. New to the group, fiddle player Jason Biggs, completes the sound with his melodic fills and tasty solos.

3:30 PM


The REPRESSIONS are an art-therapy-funk-rock vaudeville band who dedicate their music to anyone who has even been made to feel small for being sensitive, kind, smart, or mentally ill.

SATURDAY,  June 4th:
1:30 PM


Sam Rasiotis of Astoria’s Dirty Wings, performing gritty, reflective Alt-Americana, rooted in location and relations, with inventive, paired down popular alt-rock and pop interpretations. Guitarist Joe Pepe will be joining Sam to play the majority of the Dirty Wings records “30th Ave. Heartache” and “Do the Decline,” as well as some new songs and choice covers.

4 PM


Curated by John Ishtel, this Saturday afternoon reading series celebrates the wondrous variety of Brooklyn-based wordsmiths. This installment will feature Hal Ackerman, Mary Ann McGuigan, Tim Tomlinson, Joe Pfister, and Melissa Lewis-Ackerman.

SUNDAY,  June 5th:
1:30 PM


Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jim Petrie was a resounding hit at his BWAC performance on May 15. If you missed him, this is your chance to experience his unique amalgamation of folk, country, and rock ‘n roll. You can listen to Jim’s music right now at


3:30 PM


Red Hook concert with Angel Band. Their music and members span generations of the American roots, folk, country and spiritual traditions.


SATURDAY,  June 11th:
2 PM

Trash Dance: A Documentary


SIMS Municipal Recycling presents a screening of TRASH DANCE an inspiring documentary about dance creativity and dirty work. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash.  Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle.  On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance, in front of an audience of thousands.


4 PM

The Word Cabaret: A Bandolier of Bards


John Istel’s reading series continues this Saturday with authors Sara Fetheroff, Aimee Herman, Mike Jurkovic, Janice A. Lowe, and Michael Handler Ruby.


SUNDAY,  June 12th:
2 PM


Jimmy Hill

A Brooklynite, the great R&B, blues and jazz pianist/organist Jimmy Hill has worked with Wilson Pickett, The Intruders, and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.


4 PM


Put in a winning bid at the Silent Affordable Auction (where bids start as low as $30).


Please click the pdf link below for our upcoming events calendar:

Spring Show Calendar 2016


We are grateful to the Jazz Foundation of America, NYSCA and NEA for their support of this concert series.