RnR returns to Bar Matchless on Sunday, July 15th with our "Backwoods Brunch" featuring local writers and musicians all afternoon long. Prairie Empire will be headlining with their catchy pop/folk led by the "autoharp- and mountain dulcimer-playing siren" Brittain Asher. Aussy Christopher Burns will show off the Outback's version of backwoods folk, while writers Melissa Faliveno and Cassie Hay will be reading some of their fun, slightly creepy and always entertaining nonfiction stories set in Middle America. Sadly, sax master Ben Jaffe of the Brooklyn Players Reading Society will be away teaching children about amphibians, so Dave and Becky's new project, Hurry Up and Wait, will share some of their bluesy tunes instead. Emcee Jen Werner will keep things rollin' and visual artist Galen Pittman will once again display his gorgeous oil paintings.
$5 suggested donation. Doors at 2pm. Bring your hungry bellies for Matchless's killer brunch (map here). See ya'll there!
Readin’ N Rhythm’s April Fools Matinee at Matchless was wonderfully reviewed by Megan Soyars over at the Greenpoint Gazette. Her glowing words truly captured the mission and spirit of RnR – read the article here and please spread the word! Many thanks, Megan!
If you missed the show, or loved it so much you can’t wait to relive all of its strange and beautiful moments, browse through our photos here and check out our recordings in The Jukebox, featuring house band The Brooklyn Players Reading Society, readers Barbara Froman and P.K. Harmon, musician Billy Gray and band Berth Control. Check back later for a peek at Cory McAbee’s new project, Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club (pictured left).
Thanks again to our fans, our emcee Jen Werner, our incredibly talented performers, our visual artist Galen Pittman, our venue Bar Matchless, and our sponsors The Literary Review and Serving House Books for an amazing and awe-inspiring afternoon. Can’t wait till the next one!
This is not a prank! Readin' N Rhythm is actually hosting an April Fools Matinee THIS Sunday from 2-6pm at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint. This event features the latest contest winners from Serving House Books, poet P.K. Harmon and novelist Barbara Froman, along with the more intimate, acoustic side of some of our favorite local musicians: angelic rocker Billy Gray (of Ben Franklin fame), dancey yet deep folk duo Berth Control, and the wonderfully weird and engaging singer/autoharp-ist Cory McAbee (from The Billy Nayer Show, pictured left). RnR's house band The Brooklyn Players Reading Society will kick off the night and our lovely emcee Jen Werner will keep you entertained with her interludes and introductions. Beautiful oil paintings by local artist/jazz musician Galen Pittman will also be hangin' around!
For those of you who love bloody mary's and bacon, Matchless serves a killer brunch from 11am - 4pm. Let's eat, drink, read and sing our way through a sweet and silly Sunday afternoon.
While we aren't charging a formal cover, we do have a $5 suggested donation. And don't forget, all Readin' N Rhythm events serve as a book drive for local organization ReadThis so please bring those dusty paperbacks along with you!
HUGE THANKS to our amazing sponsors The Literary Review, Fairleigh Dickinson University's international literary magazine, and Serving House Books. Bring some extra bucks along with you 'cause copies of Froman and Harmon's novels and TLR's most recent edition, Lives of the Saints, will be for sale. Check out TLR's website for clips and more info, and sign up for their monthly mailing list "Read More" to have cutting edge literature delivered straight to your inbox.
Readin' N Rhythm April Fools Matinee Details
When: Sunday, April 1st, 2pm-6pm
Where: Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, 11222 - map)
Who: Barbara Froman, P.K. Harmon, Billy Gray, Berth Control and Cory McAbee with art by Galen Pittman
Why: 'Cause really, who doesn't need a Sunday afternoon filled with food, art and jokes? You'll be back home in time for Mad Men, we promise.
By: David Fine-Firesheets
Check out Readin' N Rhythm's “Goings On Around Town” calendar for our personal highlights this February. Multiple CD releases, zombies, demonic possession and quasi-intelligent robots abound. It may be the springtime of our souls but it’s the long dark teatime of our obsessions. Our pick of the month is Not Blood, Paint's CD release (pictured here at Spike Hill) at Collapsable Hole on the 25th. These guys put on a hell of a show on a regular basis - check them out tonight, Feb 10th, at the Bushwick Empire 1st Annual Prohibition Party for an example - but they’ll be going all out for their release show.
Our jukebox features new tunes from local up-and-comer guitar virtuoso Ken Beasley and the impossible to label traveling band The Ragbirds. Click here for more info on the bands, our calendar and our rockin' jukebox featuring other local greats.
Local duo KNTRLR (featuring Mike Henry and Charles Emerson) is wonderfully schizophrenic. Their songs are like a road trip from your acid dreams, winding and curving through an eerie suburbia that soon gives way to a hushed, melodic forest, its trees swaying their long limbs as if they're waving at you. It's pleasant and strange and just when you've been lulled, their trunks suddenly open up and engulf your car, swallow it down then spit it out on a grungy, graffitied street with misunderstood children singing on the sidewalks.
Click HERE to read more about KNTRLR and The Bicycle Boys, and to listen to their new tunes!