The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra & Dandy Wellington: Big Band Monday
|Addresse||408 W 15th St|
|County||New York City (NY2981)|
408 W 15th St
New York City (NY2981)
Step back in time with the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra to a vintage New York supper club. The GCO, named Best Group of 2017 in the NYC Jazz Awards, plays classic swing music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Kola house boasts fantastic food and cocktails, an elevated stage for the performers, great acoustics and sound, and a big wood dance floor for those who like to cut a rug. It's conveniently located just a block from the A/C/E/L lines in Chelsea/Meatpacking.
There is no cover charge to attend. Kola house takes great care of the band, and pays the musicians from the money brought in from food and drink sales. So the very best way to support the band is by buying food and drinks and tipping your servers well. This obviates the need for a cover, and just keeps us to a food\drink minimum (every other big band show in NYC has both a cover AND a minimum.)
There are two parts to the room with different food/drink minimums as follows:
Table Service in the dining room (primo seating for listening and dinner service) - $35 minimum [minimum charged at the table by your server]
2. Dance Floor/Bar Area - $15 minimum [minimum charged at the door or online since it'd be impossible for bar staff to keep track of everyone in the back to make sure they spent the minimum. The hostess will give you a $15 voucher to use toward your bill at the bar whether you book online or pay the minimum at the door.]
For table or bar area reservations go to BigBandMonday.com
You may also book table reservations by calling: (646) 869-8873
The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra is:
Sam Hoyt, Mike Davis, Jason Prover (tpts)
Rob Edwards, Harvey Tibbs (tbns)
Jay Rattman, Ricky Alexander, Matt Koza, Dan Block (reeds)
OPEN (p); Glenn Crytzer (g/bjo/vcl/ldr) ;Ian Hutchison (b) ;Andrew Millar (d) Dandy Wellington, Hannah Gill (vcl)
Is there room to dance?
YES There's tons of room for dancing and it's a good floor.
2. Will it be too loud for me if I sit in the dining room near the band?
NO. The band is on an elevated stage and the brass are further elevated on risers. This allows the sound to carry evenly throughout the room rather than the first few rows of people being slammed by a wall of sound.
3. I just want to come in and dance, do I need to pay the minimum? YES. Isn't it nice to actually get some food and drinks for your money instead of your money being taken for a cover and getting no food/or drinks in return? What a deal.
Until we start all playing by Star Trek rules where humans do away with money and food is replicated on demand, the musicians need to get paid for playing music so that we can pay our rents.
The way the venue is able to pay us is by your purchasing food and/or drinks.
4. Where the heck is this place - I'm nearby but can't find it?
GREAT QUESTION. We're currently tucked between two buildings that are under construction on the South Side of 15th Street between 8th and 9th.
5. Do I have to be a dancer to come to this show?
NO. The room is divided up into a front area set up for folks who want to come and dine or have a few cocktails, and enjoy the band's performance, and a back area, with a dance floor. Sitting in the dining room will give you a primo seat to watch the band perform and with the dancers swinging out behind you you'll feel like you've been transported to a 1930s NYC supper club.
6. Is it a "quiet" listening room like at a jazz club?
NO, however keeping your conversations at a low volume is appreciated by the musicians and the audience members around you.
Last week's photos are up.