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Brooklyn’s Dance Around Downtown: Swing Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring Queen Esther September 26th DJ Ryan Swift from Frim Fram Jam // MC Dandy Wellington Dance lesson by Evita Arce The Dance Around Downtown series brings different dance forms to the various plazas in Downtown Brooklyn all summer long. The final stop in our series is Swing at MetroTech Commons! As swing grew in popularity around the country, the epicenter was NYC, the birthplace of Lindy Hop. Join us for live music and social dancing, hosted each week by MC Dandy Wellington, featuring the best bands, DJs, and dance teachers in the Big Apple. This event is outdoors in Metrotech Commons. Dancers, please note surface is concrete, so bring appropriate shoes! ———– SCHEDULE (updated sept 10th): 5:00 – 5:20 DJ 5:20 – 5:45 lesson #1 & DJ 5:45 – 6:45 band 1st set 6:45 – 7:10 lesson #2 & DJ 7:10 – 8:00 band 2nd set DIRECTIONS: A / C / F / R train to Jay St Metrotech; 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 to Borough Hall; or B / Q to Dekalb Ave. *** presented by Downtown Brooklyn with Prohibition Productions.

September 11, 2019

5th Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival September 19 -22, 2019 Checkout our 2019 playlist on Spotify PLEASE NOTE: Queen Esther sings Black Americana at Brooklyn Bridge Park Liberty View, Pier 6 on September 22nd at 3pm. Opening Night at The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre, Thursday, Sept. 19th Black Oak Artists Dayna Kurtz, Megan Palmer, and Underhill Rose Hosted by Jan Bell & the Maybelles  – Get your ticket here! This fund raiser event will usher in the 5th annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival  and is an opportunity to both keep the BAMF growing and spend an intimate evening of Americana Music, with a trio of talented musicians. Also on 9/19 at Time Out Market NY – Roof Top Stage in Dumbo with Austin TX Duo: Jaimee Harris and Graham Weber 6:30 – 8:30pm FREE!  

  PROHIBITION FRIDAYS The Hot Toddies w/Queen Esther Friday September 13th + 27th, 2019 7:30 PM 11:30 PM SECRET ROOM NYC 707 8th Avenue Join us every Friday at our new weekly Prohibition Cabaret… a speakeasy from another era in midtown featuring smokin’ hot jazz bands, glamorous Chanteuses, scintillating Burlesque, swing dancing, DJs, and exquisite food & drink specials! * 3x sets of hot jazz & swing by The Hot Toddies – w/Gabe Terracciano (violin), TBA (reeds), Vinny Raniolo (guitar), TBA (bass), Patrick Soluri (drums). * chanteuse Queen Esther * burlesque by Sapphire Jones * tap & burlesque by Gin Minsky * MC & burlesque by Velvetina Taylor * DJ Andrius Sc * Swing Dance performances by Tony & Jaime * food & drink specials * gorgeous room w/space to dance * convient location on 8th Ave btw 44th & 45th st admission: * $25 (incl 1 premium drink) // $75 Prix Fixe Dinner * NO COVER for swing dancers or those dressed in vintage! (on venue’s event page click “make reservation,” fill out form, & purchase at least one item during event) — Instigated by Prohibition Productions and Secret Room NYC

Lizzie No “Vanity” Release Show opening act: Queen Esther Mercury Lounge 217 E. Houston St. NYC Tickets: $12 advance/$15 at the door Lizzie No: Building on the songwriting prowess displayed in her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Hard Won,’ Lizzie No is unsparing in the stories she tells on her new album ‘Vanity,’ out August 2. The nine songs on ‘Vanity’ are epic tales of ego, featuring narrative shifts within vividly crafted characters. No embodies characters ranging from a self-obsessed fuckboy in “Narcissus” (which Rolling Stone called a “crisp alt-rock gem”) to a broke songwriter waiting for her big break in “Pity Party,” to a bitter and isolated rocker on “Loyalty” who rants that the crowd has left him behind. Inventive arrangements written in collaboration with co-producer Nick Rapley elevate the record to shimmering heights, alternating between swaggering grooves and intimate clarity. Lizzie has showcased at Americanafest, SXSW, and as a featured soloist at the Louisville Orchestra’s Festival of American Music. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest. Queen Esther: Imported from South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the ATL respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther performs internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects — including a recent European tour with his iconic free jazz group Odyssey — as she forges her own sonic path. Paste describes her most recent Black Americana album The Other Side (2015) as – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year,” while Vanity Fair goes further, saying “This album […]

The McKittrick Hotel presents Sunset Sundays at Gallow Green Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday — The Lost Classics 542 W. 27th St. 212 564 1662 Accompanied by pianist Sharp Radway and bassist Hilliard Greene, Queen Esther revisits Lady Day’s popular yet lesser known body of work. With this, she explores another side of the songwriter, bandleader and catalyst that most critics consider to be the greatest jazz singer of the 20th century. ———————————————— Join us every Sunday atop The McKittrick Hotel while Gallow Green, our hidden rooftop garden oasis, hosts weekly bands to send us off into sunset bliss for a perfect close to the week and weekend. Featuring speciality craft cocktails, a new summer dinner menu, and an ever changing weekly roster of live music! Now booking reserved seats/tables. Space is limited. Book with haste. mckittrickhotel.com