SUNDAY - JUNE 1
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Now in its 10th year,
Housing Works' Open Air Street Fair
is the best way to kickoff the season:
a daylong block party and shopping bazaar
hosted right in front of our favorite
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
along Crosby Street, between Houston and Prince!
Featuring thousands of donated books, records, and CDs for $1 each; live music presented by Two Boots Americana Jamboree featuring The Harmonica Lewinskies, Mountain Animation, Odetta Hartman & more; a kids story time and singalong; tune-ups and minor repairs from Recycle-A-Bicycle; subscription deals from The New York Times; giveaways from Kobo; food specials from our Bookstore Cafe, ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and unique finds from our Soho Thrift Shop. This event is a can’t-miss start to the summer, and all to support a great cause!
12:00 -- JOLLIFF, JOHNSON & TICE
Jake Jolliff, Jordan Tice & Max Johnson are three of New York's most in-demand bluegrass musicians. Jolliff, the 2012 National mandolin champion, most known for his tenure with Joy Kills Sorrow, has played with everyone from Tony Trischka, Darrol Anger, Yonder Mountain String Band, among others. Jordan Tice has released two albums of his own, has a trio with Brittanny Haas & Paul Kowert and has played with greats such as Frank Wakefield & Mark Schatz. Max Johnson floats in both avant-garde jazz and bluegrass circles, having released four records as a bandleader, and was voted 2012's "Best Newcomer Musician" in El Intruso. Together these three amazing musicians will bring a fresh take to the old tradition of bluegrass and old-time classics.
1:00 -- MOUNTAIN ANIMATION
Lightning-quick sledgehammer banjo stylings and flame-throwing violin mayhem form the backdrop of Mountain Animation. The Brooklyn-based power duo is composed of Zack Orion (vocals, banjo, foot drums) and Scott Murphy (violin, electrified violin, fiddle, back up vocals). They met in February of 2012 and recorded the album “Higgs Boson,” which is a mix of their classical and mountain music backgrounds filtered through the rock and roll format. Zack Orion’s multi-instrumental talents, strong poetic lyrics, and emotional and haunting vocals paired with Scott Murphy’s deeply-felt high energy violin riffs make up their original and inspired sound.
2:00 -- ODETTA HARTMAN & THE JAMBOREES
Lower East Side native, ODETTA HARTMAN, calls her music COWBOY SOUL. Her superstitious songs blend the many musical traditions she's studied, ranging from classical violin to early blues, old-time appalachian tunes to psychedelic girl-pop. Brassy, nuanced and surprisingly vulnerable, Odetta's timeless voice commands silence, regardless of whether she's playing solo or fronting an orchestra. With her infectious, rabble-rousing spirit, this young artist delivers stellar performances that showcase her multi-instrumental talents, her captivating stage-presence, and lyrics that'll make you think twice about walking under ladders...
This is her third year curating the
AMERICANA JAMBOREE series for Housing Works, and for this special occasion, she'll be joined by her sister Camellia Hartman, her brother Leon Hartman, and Jon Fatum, the esteemed band-leader of the RAD TRADS.
3:00 -- The HARMONICA LEWINSKIES
The Harmonica Lewinskies are an 8-piece NYC based blues and soul band. After 5 years of performing, “Dad Rock” - LP, will mark the Lewinskies third release. Previous releases include 2012’s “Octopus Wall Street” and the 2013 EP, “Salad Days.” The Harmonica Lewinskies have played at the 2012 and 2013 CMJ, Northside, and CBGB festivals. Last summer, the Lewinskies played Roseland Ballroom's American Cancer Society benefit and held a month long residency at Piano's in Manhattan's Lower East Side. They play consistently every weekend in/or around NYC and are coming to a pub near you.