55 Bar, an adored dive bar that is utterly unique in the New York City music scene, where audiences can watch some of the world’s best jazz and blues musicians from ten feet away, is set to host a series of all-star shows running September 22 through October 2 in an effort to remain open. Confirmed performers include Nir Felder, Chris Potter, Hipster Assassins, Tangiers Blues Band, Dan Weiss & Ari Hoenig, Mike Stern, David Binney, Adam Roger’s DICE, Rudder, Antonio Sanchez with Donny McCaslin, Miguel Zenon & Scott Colley and Oz Noy.
Performances will take place at 9:30 PM nightly and will also be live streamed on YouTube. With live music decimated by the pandemic, 55 Bar is swamped with expenses from the 14 months it remained shuttered by government mandate. The proceeds from these shows will give a big boost to the club and provide some all-important maneuvering room while they work things out. All fans of live music and of the 55 Bar are invited to attend.55 Bar is savable. The numbers are perhaps too big for the 55 Bar to handle alone, but completely achievable through a wider effort. To that end, the club has launched a fundraiser as well.
The 55 Bar is located at 55 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014. Proof of vaccination is required to enter. It’s a club where brilliant newcomers can launch their careers and seasoned professionals can workshop new compositions before going out on the road. Regulars include Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Wayne Krantz, David Binney, Adam Rogers, Henry Hey, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, KJ Denhert, Sweet Georgia Brown, Tessa Souter, Kendra Shank, Ayana Lowe, Duchess, Thana Alexa, Nicole Zuraitis, Ben Monder, Jim Ridl, Jim Campilongo and many more.
Nir Felder—September 22
Chris Potter—September 23
Hipster Assassins—September 24
Tangiers Blues Band—September 25
Dan Weiss & Ari Hoenig—September 26
Mike Stern—September 27
David Binney—September 28
Adam Roger’s DICE—September 29
Rudder (with Keith Carlock, Henry Hey, Chris Cheek, Tim Lefebvre)—September 30
Antonio Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Donny McCaslin and Scott Colley—October 1
Oz Noy—October 2