Nightlife

Yuna at Stage 48

This tiny chic has a killer voice! I have always been a fan of hers way back when I discovered her randomly while I playing on youtube years ago. Ever since then I have not come across one person who has heard of Yuna, its sad but true. I was glad to see how packed her show was and it was so great to see that there are other fans out there who admire her great artistry.

Yuna describes her music as “a cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay”. She has this cool effortless indie/folk/neo-soul/R&B vibe which reminds me of Erykah Badu. Yuna hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – which makes her even cooler! She seemed like a down to earth, humble girl to hang with and her outfit was rockin’!

She performed most of her songs from her Nocturnal album.

Yuna 1

I was monopolizing a corner space by the stage and I felt like a total groupie snapping so many pictures and taking videos until my phone ran out of space. Like I told my boyfriend, “for my blog!”

Ah, I loved her causal hand moves.

Yuna 2

Ever seen The Gods Must Be Crazy II? If you haven’t you should, its hilarious. Ok, so do you see the guy in the right corner of the picture above? Yes, this guy next to me reminds me of Nᴉxau ǂToma from The Gods Must Be Crazy. Well he was the happiest fan ever with the cheesiest smile ever and was jumping up and down like a 12 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert. He also kept waving at Yuna like pick me, pick me, pick me. It was hilarious. So to describe her fans, well you have me and then you have N!xau.

Taylor McFerrin opened the show. Before last night I have never heard of him, not bad. At the start of the performance my boyfriend was like, “did he say he just put out an album or a sleeping app?” The show started out with wind sounds and birds chirping like one of those sleep sound machine, but the show picked up and the kid could beatbox!

Taylor McFerrin

Random pictures of Stage 48 – we had time to wander around and took pictures since we were early.

Disco Ball

The venue was a nice space with two levels and bars on each floor. It looks quiet and spacious but when Yuna started, the place was packed and jammin’!

Bar

Where did U go last night?

Stage 48

605 W 48th St
New York, NY10036
212 – 957 – 1800
in Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West
 
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Gallow Green

 Party at the rail yard! No, not the High Line, but this gem of a garden rooftop in Chelsea. After Viv, we met some friends at The McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop, Gallow Green. The plan was go there for a drink or two, but we couldn’t leave – this place had so much to offer with a rooftop, bar, restaurant, show and music! We started with a drink. Speaking of an adult drink, this Dirty Martini was adult delicious and dirty. I actually didn’t mind that it was served in an ity bity tiny glass because the three huge juicy olives made up for it and did I mention it was a strong drink.

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I wanted to hear loud music, right like NYC is not loud enough hahah but what Fun! I actually wanted to hear loud like top hits music but what a nice refresher to discover this band. Below the garden, the Heath, there was a band called Heathens playing a mixed of jazzy, rock & soul music. What a rocker that singer was, we were all impressed (I even asked for her card and went on the mailing list). I said she could hang with The Roots then my friend said she’s like Macy Gray and I responded immediately – no way, she’s way cooler. Inyang Bassey is her name, see – cool. This lady had us all in a trance with her voice, her funky moves (love) and unique effortless cool chic vibe.

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Here’s a video with some clips I took, enjoy!

Check out her moves!

Where did U go last night?

Gallow Green

542 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

(212) 564-1662

in Chelsea

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A dance & shhh… a bar

After dinner (check out my previous post Ageha Sushi) we took a walk around the neighborhood and stumbled upon… a square dance in Bryant Park? Who knew there was some country in the City.

Sq Dance (3)

Sq Dance (2)

Sq Dance (1)

Bryant Park

Next Stop

Imagine going out in the “Roaring Twenties”, oh what fun it must be to get all dolled up then sneak around for a drink! According to their website, The Back Room Bar is one of the speakeasies in New York City that operated during the Prohibition era. The place is hidden, of course, so it was confusing as to where to enter. But the bouncers saved the day. I thought it was odd that these guys were standing there but then one guy asked in a deep-confident-voice, “the Back Room?”. Ah, yes. So as we entered we were greeted by an unfriendly and creepy guy in the alleyway asking us to be quiet. Hmmm, ok. So we continued on quietly. Bam! When I opened the door to the bar, boy was it loud.

We decided to go with the signature drinks. Sorry I forgot their fancy names, but one with honey, OJ, vodka, and yeah. It was a refreshing drink. The other drink was Jack with I want to say honey again because BOY it was sweet! After a few sips it tasted like cough syrup, Lil Wayne would be a fan. I also think it made me sick the next day. As you can see the drinks were served in tea cups and beers bottles were served in brown paper bags. Hot socks!

The Back Room 1

I was complaining about the Lychee Martini during dinner not being strong, well ou weee here it goes in tea cups.

Ah right, the sunny one down there is called the Bee’s Knees.

Apparently, Bee’s Knee means the best and it was a popular phrase in the 20’s.

The Back Room 2

It was a bit crowded, loud, dark, and a mixed of interesting crowd. The place was small, the decor was a 1920’s vintage look, and there were tables and couch seats. The comfy looking couch seats were all taken so we stood near the DJ booth.

It was a little odd to stand there and hang with tea cups (with liquor) in hand. But, hey it was kind of cat’s pajamas.

Where did U go last night?

The Back Room Bar

102 Norfolk St

New York, New York 10002

212 – 228 – 5098

Between Delancey St & Rivington St in Lower East Side

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