Our next book: “Wake Up, Sir!” by Jonathan Ames

March 25th, 2014

Our next show is April 30th, 8pm at Barbes in Brooklyn.  376 9th Street, ph: 347-422-0248

Performers include:  Pearl Rhein, Susan Hwang, Hilary Downes, Pierre de Gaillande, Wanda Phipps, Jonathan Vincent, Bob Holman, Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland, Lords of Lichtenstein.

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Listen to songs from our last show!

March 6th, 2014

The songs inspired by Howard Feinstein’s civil rights memoir are in a new album on our Bandcamp page.  As spiritchild said, “Rise up and up rise.”

http://bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com/album/bushwick-book-club-presents-fire-on-the-bayou-by-howard-feinstein

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Our February show – FIRE ON THE BAYOU by Howard Feinstein

February 17th, 2014

Our February show is inspired by “Fire on the Bayou – True Tales From the Civil Rights Battlefront” by Howard Feinstein.  Feinstein served as a criminal prosecutor and litigating attorney with the Civil Right Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigated and tried hate crimes and violent interference with federal civil rights laws in the Deep South and elsewhere.  This is a memoir of his experiences.  Feinstein is also a blues musician still performing in the Washington, D.C. area.  He will be present on February 25th to watch the show and speak about his work.  In addition, he’ll play and sing his own music.  It’s a BBC first – the author will be there to speak and perform his own original song inspired by the book.  This show will take place at Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  All proceeds will be donated to Empowered Women International, a non-profit serving immigrant, minority and low-income women.

The songwriters scheduled to perform include spiritchild, Geoff Curtis, Susan Hwang, Zane Van Dusen, Shannon Pelcher, Hilary Downes, Sweet Soubrette,  Mia Pixley and The Lords of Liechtenstein.  BBC founder, Susan Hwang also hosts the night.

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February 25th, 7pm
Barbes
376 9th St.
New York, NY 11215
Ph: 347-422-0248
Door: by donation
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Hello, Nyack. A brand new Book Club is born!

January 14th, 2014

Singer/songwriter/performance artist/busker Joe Crow Ryan is moving to Nyack, NY.  With his arrival there, he is starting the brand new Nyack, NY chapter of The Bushwick Book Club.  Their first show coincides with our 5th anniversary show in Bushwick, so January 22nd we’ll be celebrating both how old and how new we are!

Bushwick Book Club Nyack will be at Olive’s–a great local bar that not only has songs about books, but their own house potato chips.  Handmade potato chips are an obscenely well-matched snack food for literature-inspired music (wings and calamari are not too shabby either).

January 22nd – BBC Nyack, first show!
Olive’s
118A Main St.
Nyack, NY 10960
ph: 845-353-4377

January 22nd, 8pm, BBC 5th Anniversary/Vonnegut show!
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY
ph: 718 453 6343

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First show of 2014 – Welcome to the Monkey House

January 1st, 2014

Our first show of 2014 is also our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.  Five years of songs about books and only more to come.

So far, we have Phoebe Kreutz (who also played the very first BBC show in January of 2009), Susan Hwang, Mia Pixley, Phil Andrews, KEN SOUTH ROCK (Susan’s favorite rock band–half Ken Minami from Japan, and half Adam Amram from Bushwick) and Jessie Kilguss.  More players to be announced soon!

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Our next show: 2013 Sampler at Slipper Room

December 3rd, 2013

Decisions are overrated.  Just take a bite out of each one.

On December 18th, you get to taste songs inspired by all the books we used for musical inspiration in 2013.  Hear your favorite songs about books in new arrangements and instrumentation with collaboration from dancers and aerialist, Rebecca Heinegg!

It’s a literary-musical, cross-genre, mixed discipline send-off to the year at the beautiful, Slipper Room in the Lower East Side.

Performances by: Arden Rogow-Bales, Casey Holford, Charlie Nieland, Jessie Kilguss, Jonathan Vincent, Julie Delano, Leslie Graves, Mia Pixley, Peter Dizozza, Phil Andrews, spiritchild, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette

Songs inspired by: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Tango by Justin Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Mapping Manhattan by Becky Cooper, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and My Lunches with Orson

Thursday, December 18th, 8pm
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-7246

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Tonight – Special Event with SixOneSeven BOOKS at Cornelia Street Cafe

November 21st, 2013
SixOneSeven BOOKS teams up with BBC to present:

NOVEL SONGS: AN EVENING OF READINGS AND NEW MUSIC
Christopher CastellaniDouglas Trevor

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Novel Songs: an evening of readings and new music with authors Christopher Castellani and Douglas Trevor, featuring the Bushwick Book ClubThe Bushwick Book Club features the delirious talents of local songwriters who plumb the depths and scrape the ends of chosen literary gems to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song. The group performs monthly in NYC and Brooklyn, and by special request will join us at Cornelia Street Café on November 21.

BBC songwriters Sweet Soubrette, Casey Holford, spiritchild, Mia Pixley and Susan Hwang will present their original music inspired by these two new works.   6pm, 11/21/2013.  Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014, ph: 212 989-9319

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Mp3s from Orson Night are up!

November 12th, 2013

We’ve got them on the bandcamp.  Great for weekday downtime distraction, and as supplemental Orson-inspired sensory stimulation for annual Orson remembrance rituals.  They make a nice soundtrack for seasonal Orson dinner parties too.

http://bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com/album/bushwick-book-club-presents-my-lunches-with-orson

October 30th - My Lunches with OrsonClick on the Orson to be taken there.
And you can read Susan Hwang’s blog regarding the night here: http://susanhwanglalala.com/marathons-the-flow-and-songs-about-orson-welles/

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October 7th, 2013

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Songwriters scheduled to perform:  Hilary Downes, Pierre De Gaillande, Julie DeLano, Susan Hwang, Mia Pixley, Ashley Coleman, Jason Perlman, Jonathan Vincent, Arden Rogow Bales, Sweet Sobrette, Jessie Kilguss, Casey Holford, spiritchild, Toby King.  Hosted by Susan Hwang

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End of October Orson Welles inspired show!

September 26th, 2013

Our next show is using My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles as inspiration for new songs.  Come hear what happens when brave songwriting minds collide with stories and conversations from this seminal filmmaker, artist and personality.  We may have to eat his favorite meal in honor of the night: 2 steaks cooked rare, 2 baked potatoes, a whole pineapple and a pint of scotch.

Wednesday October 30th, 8pm
Sidewalk Cafe
94 Ave. A (@ 6th Street)
New York, NY 10009
Door: by donation

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