Can you tell me who wrote the book of love? Because the Brooklyn Bluebirds had everyone falling in love with them Sunday night.
It was the one-year anniversary of Je T’aime Oh No, the monthly lower Manhattan dance party extravaganza created by beloved NYC DJ Bailey Leiter and host/go-go dancer Hayley Griffin. And as ladies of the music world, they weren’t just going to throw any old party. NYC doo-wop stars Brooklyn Bluebirds headlined the show, along with 1-800-Band and Miranda & The Beat bringing the rock ‘n’ roll and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye to DJ the dance party.
It was an epic night at Berlin, not just for the big names. The dancing and good vibes were never-ending.
The night kicked off with 1-800-Band, a four-piece indie rock group made up of longtime New Yorkers who know how to work a crowd. 1-800-Band was nothing but smiles. They rocked out and showered the tiny venue with musical generosity that started the night off on the dancing foot it needed.
Miranda & The Beat were next. Originally a duo of only Miranda Zipse on guitar and vocals and her beat, drummer Kim Sollecito, they were joined onstage by bassist Mike Roth, guitarist Mike Brandon and keys player Lily Rogers of The Mystery Lights.
Miranda & The Beat take the passion from blues and the grittiness from garage rock and combine it to make thrashers to make a crowd jumping. And boy, was the house bumping.
The Brooklyn Bluebirds came in hot to end the live music portion of the night. Half of the band’s members spilled off the small stage as they covered old school doo-wop songs so perfectly that if you closed your eyes you’d feel transported to a 1950s sock hop. They played the classics like “Book Of Love,” “Blue Moon” and “Duke Of Earl.” Everyone was swinging along as if they weren’t punks in ripped up jeans and pinned leather coats, but they were rebels without a cause in poodle skirts and letterman jackets.
The night wasn’t over even after everyone danced until they were drenched in sweat. Lenny Kaye, known for playing guitar in the Patti Smith Group and working with bands like R.E.M. and The Fleshtones, started spinning behind the DJ table. With his long white hair flowing, he played hits from bands that have a special place in any NYC punker’s heart, like Johnny Thunders, New York Dolls and Richard Hell. The stage was quickly overtaken by a crowd who wanted nothing more than to dance until sunrise.